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									If you please, sir. There's a dustman
downstairs, Alfred P. Doolittle...



...who wants to see you.
He says you have his daughter here.



I say!



Well, send the blackguard up.



He may not be a blackguard, Higgins.



Nonsense. Of course
he's a blackguard, Pickering.



I'm afraid we'll have some trouble
with him.



No, I think not. Any trouble to be had,
he'll have it with me. Not I with him.



Doolittle, sir.



-Professor Higgins?
-Here!



Where?



Good morning, Governor.



I come about a very serious matter,
Governor.



Brought up in Houndslow.
Mother Welsh, I should think.



What is it you want, Doolittle?



I want my daughter, that's what I want.
See?



Of course you do.
You're her father, aren't you?



I'm glad to see you have a spark
of family feeling left.



She's in there. Yes, take her away at once.



What?



Take her away. Do you think I am going
to keep your daughter for you?



Now, is this reasonable, Governor?



Is it fairity to take advantage
of a man like that?



The girl belongs to me. You got 'er.
Where do I come in?



How dare you come here
and attempt to blackmail me!



You sent her here on purpose!



Don't take a man up like that, Governor.
The police shall take you up.
This is a plan...



...a plot to extort money by threats.



I shall telephone the police.



Have I asked you for a brass farthin'?



I leave it to this gentleman 'ere.
Have I said a word about money?



Well, what else did you come for?



What would a bloke come for?



Be 'uman, Governor.



Alfred, you sent her here on purpose.



So help me, Governor, I never did.



How did you know she was here?



I'd tell you, Governor,
if you'd let me get a word in.



I'm willing to tell ya.
I'm wanting to tell ya.



I'm waiting to tell ya!



You know, Pickering, this chap's got
a certain natural gift of rhetoric.
Observe the rhythm
of his native woodnotes wild.



'"l'm willing to tell you. I'm wanting
to tell you. I'm waiting to tell you.'"



That's the Welsh strain in 'im.



How did you know Eliza was here
if you didn't send 'er?



Well, she sent back for her luggage
and I got to 'ear about it.



She said she didn't want no clothes.



What was I to think from that, Governor?
I ask you, as a parent, what was I to think?



So you came here to rescue her
from worse than death, eh?



-Yes, sir, Governor. That's right.
-Yes.



Mrs. Pearce!



Eliza's father has come to take her away.
Give her to him, will you?



Now wait a minute, Governor.
Wait a minute.



You and me is men o' the world, ain't we?
Men of the world, are we?
Perhaps you'd better go, Mrs. Pearce.



I think so indeed, sir!



Here, Governor.



I've took a sort of a fancy to you and...



...if you want the girl, I ain't so set
on 'avin' her home again...



...but what I might be open to
is an arrangement.



All I ask is my rights as a father.



You're the last man alive to expect me
to let her go for nothing.



I can see you're a straight sort, Governor.



So...



...what's a five pound note to you?
An' what's Eliza to me?



I think you should know, Doolittle...



...that Mr. Higgins' intentions
are entirely honorable.



Of course they are, Governor.
If I thought they wasn't, I'd ask     .
You mean, you'd sell your daughter
for    pounds?



Have you no morals, man?



No, I can't afford 'em, Governor. Neither
could you if you was as poor as me.



Not that I mean any 'arm, but...



...if Eliza is gonna have a bit out o' this,
why not me, too?



Why not?



Look at it my way. What am l?



I ask ya, what am l? I'm one
o' the undeserving poor, that's what I am.



Think what that means to a man.



It means he's up against
middle-class morality for all the time.



If there's anything goin' an' I ask
for a bit of it, it's always the same story:



'"You're undeservin', so you can't have it.'"



But my needs is as great as the most
deservin' widows that ever got money...



...out of six different charities in one week
for the death o' the same 'usband.
I don't need less than a deservin' man,
I need more.



I don't eat less 'earty than he does
and I drink...



...a lot more.



I'm playin' straight with you.



I ain't pretendin' to be deservin'.
No, I'm undeservin'...



...and I mean to go on bein' undeservin'.
I like it an' that's the truth.



But will you take advantage
of a man's nature...



...do him out of the price of
his own daughter, what he's brought up...



...fed and clothed
by the sweat of his brow...



...till she's growed big enough
to be interestin' to you two gentlemen?



Is five pounds unreasonable,
I put it to you?



And I leave it to you.



You know, Pickering, if we took this man
in hand for three months...
...he could choose between a seat in
the Cabinet and a popular pulpit in Wales.



-We'd better give 'im a fiver.
-He'll make bad use of it, I'm afraid.



Not me, Governor, so 'elp me I won't.



Just one good spree
for meself an' the missus...



...givin' pleasure to ourselves
and employment to others.



An' satisfaction to you to know
it ain't been throwed away.



You couldn't spend it better.



This is irresistible. Let's give 'im ten.



The missus wouldn't have the 'eart
to spend ten.



Ten pounds is a lot o' money.



Makes a man feel prudent-like,
and then goodbye to 'appiness.



No, you just give me what I ask, Governor.
Not a penny less, not a penny more.

								
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