The six Characters are in the midst of performing their most
THE MANAGER. Well then: when she says "Don't think any more of what I've said. I must forget, etc.," you (addressing the Father) come in sharp with "I understand, I understand"; and then you ask her....
THE STEP-DAUGHTER (interrupting). What?
THE MANAGER. Why she is in mourning.
THE STEP-DAUGHTER. Not at all! See here: when I told him that it was useless for me to be thinking about my wearing mourning, do you know how he answered me? "Ah well," he said "then let's take off this little frock."
THE MANAGER. Great! Just what we want, to make a riot in the theatre!
THE STEP-DAUGHTER. But it's the truth!
THE MANAGER. What does that matter? Acting is our business here. Truth up to a certain point, but no further.
THE STEP-DAUGHTER. What do you want to do
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