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IF I HAD A FATHER.

IF I HAD A FATHER.

A DRAMA.

ACT I.

SCENE.-A Sculptor's studio. ARTHUR GER

VAISE working at a clay figure and hum

ming a tune. A knock. Ger. Come in. (Throws a wet cloth over

. the clay. Enter WARREN by the door communicating with the house.) Ah, Warren! How do you do?

War. How are you, Gervaise ? I'm delighted to see you once more. I have but just heard of your return.

Ger. I've been home but a fortnight. I was just thinking of

you.

War. I was certain I should find you at work.

Ger. You see my work can go on by any light. It is more independent than yours.

War. I wish it weren't, then.
Ger. Why?

War. Because there would be a chance of our getting you out of

your

den sometimes. Ger. Like any other wild beast when the dark falls-eh?

War. Just so.
Ger. And where the good ?

War. Why shouldn't you roar a little now and then like other honest lions ?

Ger. I doubt if the roaring lions do much beyond roaring

War. And I doubt whether the lion that won't even whisk his tail, will get food enough shoved through his bars to make it worth his while to keep a cage in London.

Ger. I certainly shall not make use of myself to recommend

my

work.

you are

War. What is it now ?

Ger. Oh, nothing !-only a little fancy of my own.

War. There again! The moment I set foot in your study, you throw the sheet over your clay, and when I ask

you

what working at—“Ohma little fancy of my own!”

!” Ger. I couldn't tell it was you coming.

War. Let me see what you've been doing, then.

Ger. Oh, she's a mere Lot's-wife as yet!

War. (approaching the figure). Of course, of course! I understand all that.

Ger. (laying his hand on his arm). Excuse me : I would rather not show it.

War. I beg your pardon.--I couldn't believe you really meant it. Ger. I'll show you the mould if you

like. War. I don't know what you mean by that:

you

would never throw a wet sheet over a cast! (GER. lifts a painting from the floor and sets it on an easel. War. regards it

VOL. II

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