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A Proposal Under Difficulties

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A Proposal Under Difficulties

by John Kendrick Bangs

Genre: Drama
Format of Original Source: Play
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Candidate for Adaptation? Not Reviewed


Yardsley. I am here to–to–to rob the house! Business has been bad, and one must live. [Barlow looks at him in disgust.

Yardsley (mockingly). You have my secret, John Barlow. Remember that it was wrung from me in confidence. You must not betray me. Turn your back while I surreptitiously remove the piano and the gas- fixtures, won’t you?

Barlow (looking at him thoughtfully). Yardsley, I have done you an injustice.

Yardsley. Indeed?

Barlow. Yes. Some one claimed, at the club, the other day, that you were the biggest donkey in existence, and I denied it. I was wrong, old man, I was wrong, and I apologize. You are.

Yardsley. You are too modest, Jack. You forget–yourself.

Barlow. Well, perhaps I do; but I’ve nothing to conceal, and you have. You’ve been behaving in a most incomprehensible fashion this afternoon, as if you owned the house.

Yardsley. Well, what of it? Do you own it?

Barlow. No, I don’t, but–

Yardsley. But you hope to. Well, I have no such mercenary motive. I’m not after the house.

Barlow (bristling up). After the house? Mercenary motive? I demand an explanation of those words. What do you mean?

Yardsley. I mean this, Jack Barlow: I mean that I am here for–for my own reasons; but you–you have come here for the purpose of–


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