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Three Comedies

A GAUNTLET
A PLAY IN THREE ACTS
DRAMATIS PERSONAE
RIIS.
MRS. RIIS.
SVAVA, their daughter.
MARGIT, their maid.
CHRISTENSEN.
MRS. CHRISTENSEN.
ALFRED, their son, betrothed to Svava.
DR. NORDAN.
THOMAS, his servant.
HOFF.
The action of the play passes in Christiania.
ACT I
(SCENE.--A room in RIIS' house. An open door at the back leads into a park and gives a
glimpse of the sea beyond. Windows on each side of the door. Doors also in the right and
left walls. Beyond the door on the right is a piano; opposite to the piano a cupboard. In
the foreground, to the right and left, two couches with small tables in front of them. Easy-
chairs and smaller hairs scattered about. MRS. RIIS is sitting on the couch to the left, and
DR. NORDAN in a chair in the centre of the room. He is wearing a straw hat pushed on
to the back of his head, and has a large handkerchief spread over his knees. He is sitting
with his arms folded, leaning upon his stick.)
Mrs. Riis. A penny for your thoughts!
Nordan. What was it you were asking me about?
Mrs. Riis. About that matter of Mrs. North, of course.
Nordan. That matter of Mrs. North? Well, I was talking to Christensen about it just now.
He has advanced the money and is going to try and get the bank to suspend proceedings. I
have told you that already. What else do you want to know?
Mrs. Riis. I want to know how much gossip there is about it, my dear friend.
Nordan. Oh, men don't gossip about each other's affairs.--By the way, isn't our friend in
there (nodding towards the door on the right) going to be told about it? This seem, a good
opportunity.
 
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