Trial without Jury and Other Plays

By John Howard Payne; Codman Hislop et al. | Go to book overview

ACT I.

[SCENE:] The stage, divided by a wall down the middle, through which there is a well half on one side and half on the other, represents at the right the garden of the boys' school, and at the left the garden of the girls' school. Each garden is backed by a wall with a rail gate opening on the country; over each of which gates there is a sign, on one side "Boarding School for Young Gentlemen," and on the other "Boarding School for Young Ladies." Near the well at the left stands a tree whose foliage rises over the wall. On each side, first wing, there is a bower. As the curtain rises, all the children are at play. The little girls are dancing, hands round, the little boys are playing.

[ JACK.] Now for my wife that expects to be, the lovely Prudence Hornbrook! Sweet Sunflower of my affections, that follows me with her broad face, whichever way I turn. These fine summer days have the same effect on men and women as they have on the birds. They make 'em think of coupling.

PRU. [To the boys] In short, young gentlemen, follow my example.

[ JACK.] This is the hour mentioned in the letter she poked through that keyhole. The master's going out, then we can meet unknown, as true lovers ought, and coo in secret, as intended mates are in decency bound to do.

PRU. [To the boys] Go and take care to act openly and be above concealments.

JACK. Prudence has rare qualities. She has no notion of courting without something substantial along with it. She never listens to tender protestations but over a well covered table. Her stomach and her heart are in partnership. She loves good things and her love of me's a proof.

PRU. [Seeing the boys eating something, snatches the cake and pockets it] Beware, young gentlemen, of gormandizing. There's nothing so bad as giving way to one's appetite.

JACK. Accordingly, Miss Prudence Hornbrook and I feast on all possible occasions. This key she got made secretly. She most poetically terms it the key of her affections. By means of this conjuring little talisman, this first pledge of her love, when Mr. Prettyman goes out, I go in, and there we eat and sigh, sigh and eat, eat and sigh, and eat again! My Mistress Widow Wantmore's poor girls are all the better for it; for, as Prudence makes me supply the provisions (a heavy task), I'm obliged by so much to lighten the school larder; and that prevents the young gluttons from overloading their

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Acknowledgments v
  • Preface vii
  • Contents ix
  • John Howard Payne 1791-1852 xi
  • Trial Without Jury; Or, the Magpie and the Maid 1
  • Act I 7
  • Act II 24
  • Act III 38
  • Mount Savage 55
  • Act I 59
  • Act II 69
  • Act III 80
  • The Boarding Schools; Or, Life Among the Little Folks 91
  • Act I 95
  • The Two Sons-In-Law 113
  • Act I 117
  • Act II 127
  • Act III 135
  • Act IV 146
  • Act V 154
  • Mazeppa; Or, the Wild Horse of Tartary 163
  • Act I 167
  • Act II 181
  • Act III 193
  • The Spanish Husband; Or, First and Last Love 205
  • Act I 211
  • Act II 225
  • Act III 246
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