SCENE--THE MINISTER'S STUDY, a room in a small old- fashioned house in a country-town, very homely and unpretentious; rather dingy old well-worn furniture; a portrait of Letty's aunt in her girlhood at back; two collecting-boxes on the mantelshelf.
Doors right and left. Bay window at back. Fireplace left.
Enter LYDIA, the Minister's housekeeper, an unromantic- looking woman of thirty, showing in LOT BURDEN, a plain common little fellow about thirty-five.
LYDIA. The Minister's gone out for his morning walk, but he'll be back directly.
LOT. I've just collected the quarter's pew-rents, and I've brought the money.
(Pulling a little bag out of pocket.)
LYDIA. Oh, give it to me, Mr. Burden, and I'll put it away before the Minister sees it.
(Takes money and puts it on table.) Bless his heart, he's just like a baby with his money!
LOT. Ah, we ought to be as wise as serpents in