What Every Woman Knows

Start: This is the House of Commons, and

Maggie Wylie

What Every Woman Knows

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Age Range
Act 2
Time & Place
England, 1908
Time Period
Show Type

Monologue Context

Maggie Wylie is coming to the end of an agreement with John Shand, whereby he must

Monologue Text

Start: This is the House of Commons, and I’m John, catching the Speaker’s eye for the first time. Do you see a queer little old wifie sitting away up there in the Ladies’ Gallery? That’s me. ‘Mr. Speaker, sir, I rise to make my historic maiden speech.

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End: ‘Mr. Speaker, sir, I stand here diffidently with my eyes on the Treasury Bench’; voice from the Ladies’ Gallery, ‘And you’ll soon have your coat-tails on it, John’; loud cries of ‘Remove that little old wifie,’ in which she is forcibly ejected, and the honourable gentleman resumes his seat in a torrent of admiring applause.

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