A Family Man: in Three Acts by John Galsworthy

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BOY'S VOICE. Right, guv'nor! Johnny Builder up before the beaks! [A paper is pushed up]. TOPPING. [Extending a penny] What's that you're sayin'? You take care! BOY'S VOICE. It's all 'ere. Johnny Builder−−beatin' his wife! Dischawged. TOPPING. Stop it, you young limb! BOY'S VOICE. 'Allo! What's the matter wiv you? Why, it's Johnny Builder's house! [Gives a cat−call] 'Ere, buy anuvver! 'E'll want to read about 'isself. [Appealing] Buy anuvver, guv'nor! TOPPING. Move on! He retreats from the window, opening the paper.

MAYOR. Eh? We think, considering all the circumstances, and the fact that he has spent a night in a cell, that justice will be met by−−er−− discharging him with a caution. BUILDER. [With a deeply muttered] The devil you do! Walks out of the room. The JOURNALIST, grabbing his pad, starts up and follows. The BUILDERS rise and huddle, and, with HERRINGHAME, are ushered out by HARRIS. A Family Man 42/58 A Family Man MAYOR. [Pulling out a large handkerchief and wiping his forehead] My Aunt! CHANTREY.

MRS BUILDER. [Bows her head] Thank you! I quite understand. But you must forgive my feeling it impossible to remain a wet blanket any longer. BUILDER. What! Because of a little thing like that−−all over in two minutes, and I doing my utmost. MRS BUILDER. My dear John, the fact that you had to do your utmost is quite enough. I feel continually humiliated in your house, and I want to leave it−−quite quietly, without fuss of any kind. BUILDER. But−−my God! Julia, this is awful−−it's absurd! How can you?

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