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Quite By Ourselves.

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Quite By Ourselves.

by Lady Bell

Genre: Young Audiences
Setting: England
Format of Original Source: Play
Recommended Adaptation Length: 10 Minutes

Candidate for Adaptation? Not Likely

EXCERPT:

R.–I suppose you’re too busy, aren’t you?

M.–Oh, I daresay I can manage it. (Gets up.)

R.–(Who is laying the table.) You know really, Mammy, the best thing would be that you should look into the dining-room cupboard, while Janet and I finish the table; we are so very busy, you see.

M.–(Smiling.) I will go and look in the cupboard and see what I can find. (Exit MOTHER.)

R.–Now, this is getting on splendidly, isn’t it Janet? Let me see, have we remembered everything?

J.–I think so. The cook is making the tea and getting the milk.

R.–Susan is cutting the bread and butter.

J.–Nurse is making the toast.

R.–Mammy is choosing the cakes and the jam. I must say I do feel proud of doing it all by ourselves, without giving anybody extra trouble.

J.–Yes, it makes me feel as if we were such good children.

R.–So it does me.

J.–I should like to feel like this every day.

R.–Oh, I think one would soon get tired of it, you know. Oh, here comes Mammy! (They both run up to her as she comes in.)



NOTE FROM NMI: Lady Bell plays are very short sketches written for very young children, suitable for nursery puppet plays, rather than actual theatres.


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