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The Constant Lover

by St. John Hankin

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

EXCERPT:

EVELYN. Reggie? [The sparrows’ chatter starts again.]

CECIL [nods]. Reggie’s in love with you, isn’t he? So am I. And both at once too! I’m only in love with one person at a time.

EVELYN [rebelliously]. I can’t help Reggie being in love with me.

CECIL. And I can’t help my being in love with you. That’s just my point. I knew you’d see it.

EVELYN. I don’t see it at all. Reggie is quite different from you. Reggie’s love is true and constant….

CECIL. Well, I’m a constant lover if you come to that.

EVELYN. You aren’t. You know you aren’t.

CECIL. Yes, I am. A constant lover is a lover who is constantly in love.

EVELYN. Only with the same person.

CECIL. It doesn’t say so. It only says constant.

EVELYN [half-laughing]. How ridiculous you are! [Turns away.]

CECIL [sigh of relief]. That’s right. Now you’re good-tempered again.

EVELYN. I’m not.

CECIL. What a story!

EVELYN. I’m not. I’m very, very angry.

CECIL. That’s impossible. You can’t possibly be angry and laugh at the same time, can you? No one can. And you did laugh. You’re doing it now.

[She does so unwillingly.]

So don’t let’s quarrel any more. It’s absurd to quarrel on such a fine day, isn’t it? Let’s make it up, and be lovers again.

[The sparrows die away.]

EVELYN [shaking her head]. No.


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