The Pot Boilerby Alice Gerstenberg
Format of Original Source: Play
Recommended Adaptation Length:
Candidate for Adaptation? Promising
MRS. PENCIL [in fury of jealousy opens door and enters in rage]. Coward! Villain!–I have been listening behind that door–all your false vows to me!
INKWELL [he tries to choke her]. Don’t yell so!
MRS. PENCIL [in ordinary tone]. I will yell!
SUD [delighted]. Of course, she will! Shriek good, Mrs. Pencil.
MRS. PENCIL [shrieks]. Ah! Ah! Ah! Ah!
INKWELL [they struggle. Grabs Mrs. Pencil to put his hand over her mouth]. Stop–! Stop!
SUD. Tussle! Tussle! The audience loves it!
WOULDBY. But what did Inkwell do?
SUD [talks fast over shoulder to Wouldby like a man in a fast auto talks to another passing]. Can’t you tell. Haven’t decided yet! Explanation in last act. No time now. Reaching climax of play. Keep it up! Keep it up!
MRS. PENCIL [yelling]. Oh! The treachery–perjury–You are not fit to live! I’ll have my revenge–Revenge! Bing! Bang! [She grabs revolver from table and shoots Inkwell. He falls back and obligingly lies upon the table.] I hate you! I hate you! I hate you!
MISS IVORY [having heard the shot and shrieks, runs in from the wing]. Oh–who’s hurt?
MRS. PENCIL [turning and aiming revolver at Miss Ivory]. Don’t come near him or I’ll shoot you!
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