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Three Comedies

THE NEWLY-MARRIED COUPLE
DRAMATIS PERSONAE
The FATHER.
The MOTHER.
LAURA, their daughter.
AXEL, her husband.
MATHILDE, her friend.
THE NEWLY-MARRIED COUPLE
ACT I
(SCENE.--A handsomely furnished, carpeted room, with a door at the back leading to a
lobby. The FATHER is sitting on a couch on the left-hand side, in the foreground,
reading a newspaper. Other papers are lying on a small table in front of him. AXEL is on
another couch drawn up in a similar position on the right-hand side. A newspaper, which
he is not reading, is lying on his knee. The MOTHER is sitting, sewing, in an easy-chair
drawn up beside a table in the middle of the room.)
[LAURA enters.]
Laura. Good morning, mother! (Kisses her.)
Mother. Good morning, dear. Have you slept well?
Laura. Very well, thanks. Good morning, dad! (Kisses him.)
Father. Good morning, little one, good morning. Happy and in good spirits?
Laura. Very. (Passes in front of AXEL.) Good morning, Axel! (Sits down at the table,
opposite her mother.)
Axel. Good morning.
Mother. I am very sorry to say, my child, that I must give up going to the ball with you
to-night. It is such a long way to go, in this cold spring weather.
Father (without looking up from his paper). Your mother is not well. She was coughing
in the night.
Laura. Coughing again?
 
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