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Quality Street by J. M. Barrie

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THE PLAYS OF J. M. BARRIE

QUALITY STREET

A COMEDY

CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS

NEW YORK ::::::::: 1923

COPYRIGHT, 1918, BY

J. M. BARRIE

Printed in the United States of America

_All rights reserved under the International Copyright Act. Performance forbidden and right of representation reserved. Application for the right of performing this play must be made to Charles Frohman, Inc., Empire Theatre, New York._

_THE WORKS OF J. M. BARRIE._

_NOVELS, STORIES, AND SKETCHES._

_Uniform Edition._

AULD LIGHT IDYLLS, BETTER DEAD. WHEN A MAN'S SINGLE. A WINDOW IN THRUMS, AN EDINBURGH ELEVEN. THE LITTLE MINISTER. SENTIMENTAL TOMMY. MY LADY NICOTINE, MARGARET OGILVY. TOMMY AND GRIZEL. THE LITTLE WHITE BIRD. PETER AND WENDY. _Also_ HALF HOURS, DER TAG. ECHOES OF THE WAR.

_PLAYS._

_Uniform Edition._

DEAR BRUTUS A KISS FOR CINDERELLA ALICE SIT-BY-THE-FIRE. WHAT EVERY WOMAN KNOWS. QUALITY STREET. THE ADMIRABLE CRICHTON. ECHOES OF THE WAR. _Containing_: The Old Lady Shows Her Medals--The New Word--Barbara's Wedding--A Well-Remembered Voice. HALF HOURS. _Containing_: Pantaloon--The Twelve-Pound Look--Rosalind--The Will.

_Others in Preparation._

_INDIVIDUAL EDITIONS._

PETER PAN IN KENSINGTON GARDENS. Illustrated by ARTHUR RACKHAM.

PETER AND WENDY. Illustrated by F. D. BEDFORD.

PETER PAN AND WENDY. Illustrated by MISS ATTWELL.

TOMMY AND GRIZEL. Illustrated by BERNARD PARTRIDGE.

MARGARET OGILVY.

*** For particulars concerning _The Thistle Edition_ of the Works of J. M. BARRIE, sold only by subscription, send for circular.

NEW YORK: CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS

ACT I

THE BLUE AND WHITE ROOM

_The scene is the blue and white room in the house of the Misses Susan and Phoebe Throssel in Quality Street; and in this little country town there is a satisfaction about living in Quality Street which even religion cannot give. Through the bowed window at the back we have a glimpse of the street. It is pleasantly broad and grass-grown, and is linked to the outer world by one demure shop, whose door rings a bell every time it opens and shuts. Thus by merely peeping, every one in Quality Street can know at once who has been buying a Whimsy cake, and usually why. This bell is the most familiar sound of Quality Street. Now and again ladies pass in their pattens, a maid perhaps protecting them with an umbrella, for flakes of snow are falling discreetly. Gentlemen in the street are an event; but, see, just as we raise the curtain, there goes the recruiting sergeant to remind us that we are in the period of the Napoleonic wars. If he were to look in at the window of the blue and white room all the ladies there assembled would draw themselves up; they know him for a rude fellow who smiles at the approach of maiden ladies and continues to smile after they have passed. However, he lowers his head to-day so that they shall not see him, his present design being converse with the Misses Throssel's maid._


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