Representative Plays by American Dramatists

Representative Plays by American Dramatists

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Excerpt: ...with the frivolities of cities; and I have been thinking that in a pg 054 few years your daughter will be grown up, and would make a suitable match for him. True, there will be some disparity in their ages, but as the years are on the side of the husband, so 'twill be all the better for the wife, in having a matured preceptor. Rip. Beg pardon, 80 sir; but it strikes me you are only carrying on your rigs mit me. Derric. No, on my honour; and, to convince you that I'm in earnest, I have brought with me a contract, by which our offspring, when of age, are bound to intermarry, or forfeit their several fortunes. I shall settle all mine on Herman, and I shall expect you to do the same for your daughter. Rip. Yah! yah! ech woll 81; I'll give her all I got 82; all my money; but she must be d--d 83 smart if she can find 'em. 84 Take a drink, Mr. 85 Burgomaster. Drinks. Derric. Well, here are the two contracts, both binding and legally drawn. Rip. Yah! yah! Drinks. - Derric gives him the pen. What you want me to do mit dis? Derric. Merely sign your name. Rip. Me, put 86 my name to dat paper, mitout my old woman knowing?-mine goot friend, 87 she would skin me. Noise in closet. Schat! you witch! 88 Derric. But I was about to propose, on condition of your signing the contract, to let you live rent free, in future. Rip. Rent free! I'll sign! but stop! 89 my old woman must play old hob 90 mit me-so put down dat I can break dat contract, if I choose, in twenty years and a day.- Noise. -Schat! you witch! 91 Derric. Writing. As you please. 92 Noise. Rip. Schat! you witch! 93 Drinks. Derric. Is that a cat, friend Rip? Writing. pg 055 Rip. I don't know if it is a cat-but, if it is my dog Snider, 94 I wouldn't be in his skin when de old woman comes back. Derric. There, friend Rip, I have inserted, at your request, this codicil: "Should the said Rip Van Winkle think fit to annul this contract, within twenty years and a day, he shall be more

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