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Quality Street A Comedy   By: (1860-1937)

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THE PLAYS OF J. M. BARRIE

QUALITY STREET

A COMEDY

CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS

NEW YORK ::::::::: 1923

COPYRIGHT, 1918, BY

J. M. BARRIE

Printed in the United States of America

All rights reserved under the International Copyright Act. Performance forbidden and right of representation reserved. Application for the right of performing this play must be made to Charles Frohman, Inc., Empire Theatre, New York.

THE WORKS OF J. M. BARRIE.

NOVELS, STORIES, AND SKETCHES.

Uniform Edition.

AULD LIGHT IDYLLS, BETTER DEAD. WHEN A MAN'S SINGLE. A WINDOW IN THRUMS, AN EDINBURGH ELEVEN. THE LITTLE MINISTER. SENTIMENTAL TOMMY. MY LADY NICOTINE, MARGARET OGILVY. TOMMY AND GRIZEL. THE LITTLE WHITE BIRD. PETER AND WENDY. Also HALF HOURS, DER TAG. ECHOES OF THE WAR.

PLAYS.

Uniform Edition.

DEAR BRUTUS A KISS FOR CINDERELLA ALICE SIT BY THE FIRE. WHAT EVERY WOMAN KNOWS. QUALITY STREET. THE ADMIRABLE CRICHTON. ECHOES OF THE WAR. Containing : The Old Lady Shows Her Medals The New Word Barbara's Wedding A Well Remembered Voice. HALF HOURS. Containing : Pantaloon The Twelve Pound Look Rosalind The Will.

Others in Preparation.

INDIVIDUAL EDITIONS.

PETER PAN IN KENSINGTON GARDENS. Illustrated by ARTHUR RACKHAM.

PETER AND WENDY. Illustrated by F. D. BEDFORD.

PETER PAN AND WENDY. Illustrated by MISS ATTWELL.

TOMMY AND GRIZEL. Illustrated by BERNARD PARTRIDGE.

MARGARET OGILVY.

For particulars concerning The Thistle Edition of the Works of J. M. BARRIE, sold only by subscription, send for circular.

NEW YORK: CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS

ACT I

THE BLUE AND WHITE ROOM

The scene is the blue and white room in the house of the Misses Susan and Phoebe Throssel in Quality Street; and in this little country town there is a satisfaction about living in Quality Street which even religion cannot give. Through the bowed window at the back we have a glimpse of the street. It is pleasantly broad and grass grown, and is linked to the outer world by one demure shop, whose door rings a bell every time it opens and shuts. Thus by merely peeping, every one in Quality Street can know at once who has been buying a Whimsy cake, and usually why. This bell is the most familiar sound of Quality Street. Now and again ladies pass in their pattens, a maid perhaps protecting them with an umbrella, for flakes of snow are falling discreetly. Gentlemen in the street are an event; but, see, just as we raise the curtain, there goes the recruiting sergeant to remind us that we are in the period of the Napoleonic wars. If he were to look in at the window of the blue and white room all the ladies there assembled would draw themselves up; they know him for a rude fellow who smiles at the approach of maiden ladies and continues to smile after they have passed. However, he lowers his head to day so that they shall not see him, his present design being converse with the Misses Throssel's maid.

The room is one seldom profaned by the foot of man, and everything in it is white or blue. Miss Phoebe is not present, but here are Miss Susan, Miss Willoughby and her sister Miss Fanny, and Miss Henrietta Turnbull. Miss Susan and Miss Willoughby, alas, already wear caps; but all the four are dear ladies, so refined that we ought not to be discussing them without a more formal introduction. There seems no sufficient reason why we should choose Miss Phoebe as our heroine rather than any one of the others, except, perhaps, that we like her name best. But we gave her the name, so we must support our choice and say that she is slightly the nicest, unless, indeed, Miss Susan is nicer.

Miss Fanny is reading aloud from a library book while the others sew or knit. They are making garments for our brave soldiers now far away fighting the Corsican Ogre.

MISS FANNY. '... And so the day passed and evening came, black, mysterious, and ghost like. The wind moaned unceasingly like a shivering spirit, and the vegetation rustled uneasily as if something weird and terrifying were about to happen... Continue reading book >>




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