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The Gay Lord Quex A Comedy in Four Acts   By: (1855-1934)

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THE GAY LORD QUEX

[Transcriber's Notes: The following changes were made to the e book edition of this book: potégée changed to protégée, and punctuation normalized]

All applications respecting amateur performances of this play must he made to Mr. Pinero's agents, Samuel French, Limited, 89 Strand, London, W.C.

THE GAY LORD QUEX

THE PLAYS OF ARTHUR W. PINERO

Paper cover, 1s. 6d.; cloth, 2s. 6d. each

THE TIMES THE PROFLIGATE THE CABINET MINISTER THE HOBBY HORSE LADY BOUNTIFUL THE MAGISTRATE DANDY DICK SWEET LAVENDER THE SCHOOLMISTRESS THE WEAKER SEX THE AMAZONS THE SECOND MRS. TANQUERAY THE NOTORIOUS MRS. EBBSMITH THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT THE PRINCESS AND THE BUTTERFLY TRELAWNY OF THE "WELLS"

THE PINERO BIRTHDAY BOOK SELECTED AND ARRANGED BY MYRA HAMILTON With a Portrait, cloth extra, price 2s. 6d.

LONDON: WILLIAM HEINEMANN

THE GAY LORD QUEX

A COMEDY In Four Acts

By ARTHUR W. PINERO

LONDON: WILLIAM HEINEMANN

MCM

Copyright, 1900 All rights reserved Entered at Stationers' Hall Entered at the Library of Congress, Washington, U.S.A.

THE PERSONS OF THE PLAY

THE MARQUESS OF QUEX SIR CHICHESTER FRAYNE (Governor of Uumbos, West Coast of Africa) CAPTAIN BASTLING "VALMA," otherwise FRANK POLLITT (a Professional Palmist) THE DUCHESS OF STROOD JULIA, COUNTESS OF OWBRIDGE MRS. JACK EDEN MURIEL EDEN (her sister in law) SOPHY FULLGARNEY (a Manicurist) MISS MOON } MISS HUDDLE } (her Assistants) MISS CLARIDGE } MISS LIMBIRD } A YOUNG LADY AND OTHER PATRONS OF MISS FULLGARNEY SERVANTS AT FAUNCEY COURT

This Play was first acted at the Globe Theatre, London, on Saturday, April 8, 1899

THE FIRST ACT

ESTABLISHMENT OF SOPHY FULLGARNEY, MANICURIST AND DISPENSER OF ARTICLES FOR THE TOILET, 185 NEW BOND STREET

(AFTERNOON)

THE SECOND ACT

AT LADY OWBRIDGE'S. THE "ITALIAN GARDEN," FAUNCEY COURT, RICHMOND

(EVENING)

THE THIRD ACT

A BOUDOIR AND BEDROOM AT FAUNCEY COURT

(NIGHT)

THE FOURTH ACT

IN BOND STREET AGAIN

(THE FOLLOWING DAY)

The action of the Play is comprised within the space of twenty four hours

THE GAY LORD QUEX

THE FIRST ACT

The scene represents a manicure establishment in New Bond Street. It is a front room upon the first floor, with three french windows affording a view of certain buildings on the east side of the street. On the left, furthest from the spectator, is a wide, arched opening, apparently leading to another apartment, in which is the door giving entrance to the rooms from the staircase. Nearer, there is another french window, opening on to an expanse of "leads" and showing the exterior of the wall of the further room above mentioned. From the right, above the middle window, runs an ornamental partition, about nine feet in height, with panels of opaque glass. This partition extends more than half way across the room, then runs forward for some distance, turns off at a sharp angle, and terminates between the arched opening and the window on the left. That part of the partition running from right to left is closed on its left side and forms, therefore, a separate room or compartment. Facing the audience, on the right, is a door admitting to this compartment; and, on the left, also in the, partition opposite the windows on the right, is an opening with a looped back portière. The space between this opening and the further room forms a narrow anteroom, containing articles of furniture visible through the opening. Mirrors are affixed to the right wall, between the lower and the middle window and between the middle window and the partition, while on the left, between the window and the partition, is another mirror. A number of business cards are stuck in the frames of the mirrors. On the right, before each of the two lower windows, turned from the spectator, is a capacious arm chair, made in cane open work. Attached to the arms of these chairs are little screens also made of cane shielding in a measure the occupants of the chairs from observation... Continue reading book >>




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