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Mr. Pim Passes By   By: (1882-1956)

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Curtis A. Weyant, Stan Goodman, Charles Franks, and the Distributed Proofreading Team


A Comedy in Three Acts


A. A. Milne

CHARACTERS The Original Cast at the Gaiety Theatre, Manchester

George Marden, J.P. . . . . . . . . . Mr. Ben Webster. Olivia (his Wife) . . . . . . . . . . Miss Irene Vanbrugh. Dinah (his Niece) . . . . . . . . . . Miss Georgette Cohan. Lady Marden (his Aunt) . . . . . . . . Miss Sybil Carlisle. Brian Strange . . . . . . . . . . Mr. Philip Easton. Carraway Pin . . . . . . . . . . Mr. Dion Boucicault. Anne . . . . . . . . . . Miss Ethel Wellesley.

The action takes place in the morning room at Marden House, Buckinghamshire, on a day in July.


George Marden, J.P. . . . . . . . . . Mr. Ben Webster. Olivia (his Wife) . . . . . . . . . . Miss Irene Vanbrugh. Dinah (his Niece) . . . . . . . . . . Miss Georgette Cohan. Lady Marden (his Aunt) . . . . . . . . Miss Ethel Griffes. Brian Strange . . . . . . . . . . Mr. Leslie Howard. Carraway Pin . . . . . . . . . . Mr. Dion Boucicault. Anne . . . . . . . . . . Miss Ethel Wellesley.



The morning room at Marden House (Buckinghamshire) decided more than a hundred years ago that it was all right, and has not bothered about itself since. Visitors to the house have called the result such different adjectives as "mellow," "old fashioned," "charming" even "baronial" and "antique;" but nobody ever said it was "exciting." Sometimes OLIVIA wants it to be more exciting, and last week she rather let herself go over some new curtains; she still has the rings to put on. It is obvious that the curtains alone will overdo the excitement; they will have to be harmonized with a new carpet and cushions. OLIVIA has her eye on just the things, but one has to go carefully with GEORGE. What was good enough, for his great great grandfather is good enough for him. However, we can trust OLIVIA to see him through it, although it may take time.

A scene plot is given at the end of the play.

There are three ways of coming into the room: by the open windows leading from the garden, by the doors to R., or by the staircase from up R, MR. PIM chooses the latter way or rather ANNE chooses it for him; and MR. PIM kindly and inoffensively follows her. She comes down steps and crosses to C., followed by MR. PIM.

ANNE ( moves up, looking off L. and returning to PIM R.C.). I'll tell Mr. Marden you're here, sir. Mr. Pim, isn't it?

PIM ( nervously ). Yes er Mr. Pim Mr. Carraway Pim. He doesn't know me, you understand, but if he could just spare me a few moments er ( He fumbles in his pockets .) I gave you that letter?

ANNE. Yes, sir, I'll give it to him.

PIM ( brings out a stamped letter which is not the one he was looking for, but which reminds him of something else he has forgotten. Looking at letter ). Oh! Dear me!

ANNE. Yes, sir?

PIM. Dear me. I ought to have posted this. ( Looking at letter .) Oh, well, I must send a telegram. You have a telegraph office in the village?

ANNE. Oh, yes, sir. ( Moving up to terrace up L. and pointing off L.) If you turn to the left when you get outside the gates, it's about a hundred yards down the hill. Turn to the left and down the hill.

PIM. Turn to the left and down the hill. Thank you, thank you. Very stupid of me to have forgotten.

(ANNE exits up staircase R .)

(MR. PIM wanders about the room humming to himself, and looking at the pictures and photos on piano. Then goes out at window up L.) (DINAH enters from staircase up R. dancing, and humming the air of "Down on the Farm:" she is nineteen, very pretty, very happy, and full of boyish high spirits and conversation. She dances to foot of stairs, looks off R., then down C., then to piano; sits and plays a few bars and sings "Down on the Farm," rises and moves up to R. of piano, and as she does so PIM re enters from window up L... Continue reading book >>

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