START: Mr. Martin: Excuse me, madam, but...

The Bald Soprano

Mr. Martin Mrs. Martin

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START: Mr. Martin: Excuse me, madam, but it seems to me, unless I’m mistaken, that I’ve met you somewhere before.

Mrs. Martin: I, too, sir. It seems to me that I’ve met you somewhere before.

Mr. Martin: Was it, by any chance, at Manchester that I caught a glimpse of you, madam?

Mrs. Martin: That is very possible. I am originally from the city of Manchester. But I do not have a good memory, sir. I cannot say whether it was there that I caught a glimpse of you or not!

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END: Mr. Martin: (In the same drawling monotonous voice) How curious it is and what a coincidence! And bizarre! Perhaps they are the same, dear lady!

Mrs. Martin: How curious it is! It is indeed possible, dear sir. (A rather long moment of silence. The clock strikes 29 times.)

Mr. Martin: (Having reflected at length,

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