Milne, A. A. Mr. Pim passes by

(New York :  S. French,  [c1921])



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fhi' mom{ng-Toom at Marden House (BuchingJiamsMre) decided nuyre
than a hundred years ago that it was all right, and has not bothered
about itself since. Visitors to the house have called the result swc^
different adjectives as " mellow,'* " old-fashioned," " charming '*—
even " baronial" and " antique " ; but nobody ever said it was
" exciting.'' Sometimes Olivia wants it to be more exciting, and last
week she rather let herself go over some new curtains ; she stiU has the
rings to put on. It is obvious that the curtains alone will overdo the
isxcitement; they will have to be harmonized with a new carpet and
cushions. Olivia has her eye on just the things, but one has to go
carefully with George. What was good enough for his great-great¬
grandfather is good enough for him. However, we can trust Olivia
to see him through it, although it may take time.

A scene plot is given at the end of the play.

There are three ways of coming into the room: by the open windows
leading from the garden, by the doors to R., or by the staircase from up
R. Mr. Pim chooses the latter way—or rather Anne chooses it for
him; and Mr. Pim kindly and inoffensively follows her. She comes
down steps and crosses to c, followed by Mr. Pim.

Anne (moves up, looking off l. and returning to Pim r.o.). 1*11 tell
Mr. Marden you're here, sir.   Mr. Pim, isn't it ?

Pim (nervously). Yes—er—Mr. Pim—Mr. Carraway Pim. He
doesn't know me, you understand, but if he could just spare me a

few moments—er-----   (He fumbles in his pockets.) I gave you that

letter ?

Anne.   Yes, sir, I'll give it to him.

PiM {brings out a stamped letter which is not the one he was looking
for, but which reminds him of something else he has forgotten. Looking
at letter).   Oh I   Dear me I

Anne.   Yes, sir 1

Pim. Dear me. I ought to have posted this. (Looking at letter.)
Oh, well, I must send a telegram. You have a telegraph office In the
village ?

Anne. Oh, yes, sir. {Moving up to terrace up l. and poifUdng
qffh.)   If you turn to the left when you get outside the gates, it's

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