The Admirable Crichton

CRICHTON. I am thinking of two people wh


The Admirable Crichton

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Age Range
Act Three
Time & Place
A deserted island, the Gov.’s house, dinnertime, after dinner
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Monologue Context

Crichton is the butler to the family of Lord Loam, a British nobleman, After the

Monologue Text

CRICHTON. I am thinking of two people whom neither of us has seen for a long time—Lady Mary Lasenby, and one Crichton, a butler. (He says the last word bravely, a word he once loved, though it is the most horrible of all words to him now.) I had nigh forgotten them. He has had a chance, Polly—that butler—in these two years of becoming a man, and he has tried to take it. There have been many failures, but there has been some success, and with it I have let the past drop off me, and turned my back on it. That butler seems a far-away figure to me now, and not myself. I hail him, but we scarce know each other. If I am to bring him back it can only be done by force, for in my soul he is now abhorrent to me. But if I thought it best for you I’d haul him back; I swear as an honest man, I would bring him back with all his obsequious ways and deferential airs, and let you see the man you call your Gov. melt forever into him who was your servant.

Barrie, J.M. The Plays of J.M. Barrie. Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York, NY. 1956. p. 223.