Six Short Plays by John Galsworthyby John Galsworthy
Format of Original Source: Play
Recommended Adaptation Length:
Candidate for Adaptation? Promising
The First and The Last
The Little Man
Punch and Go
THE GIRL. He couldn’t come before. I’m frightened. ‘E was fond o’ me.
THE MAN. And aren’t I fond of you?
THE GIRL. I ought to ‘a waited, Jim; with ‘im in the fightin’.
THE MAN. [Passionately] And what about me? Aren’t I been in the fightin’–earned all I could get?
THE GIRL. [Touching him] Ah!
THE MAN. Did you–? [He cannot speak the words.]
THE GIRL. Not like you, Jim–not like you.
THE MAN. Have a spirit, then.
THE GIRL. I promised him.
THE MAN. One man’s luck’s another’s poison.
THE GIRL. I ought to ‘a waited. I never thought he’d come back from the fightin’.
THE MAN. [Grimly] Maybe ‘e’d better not ‘ave.
THE GIRL. [Looking back along the tow-path] What’ll he be like, I wonder?
THE MAN. [Gripping her shoulder] Daisy, don’t you never go back on me, or I should kill you, and ‘im too.
[THE GIRL looks at him, shivers, and puts her lips to his.]
THE GIRL. I never could.
THE MAN. Will you run for it? ‘E’d never find us!
[THE GIRL shakes her head.]
THE MAN [Dully] What’s the good o’ stayin’? The world’s wide.
Galsworth wrote “The Forsyte Saga”, so there might be some real potential here.
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