Excerpt from The Lord Mayor: A Dublin Comedy in Three Acts Scene. - Gaffney's office. Long table centre with green baize cloth; six chairs round same; four chairs against back wall. Legal tices hung on wall. Doors C and L. Time, 8.30 a.m. When the curtain rises Mrs. Murphy is under the table, singing, unseen by audience. She sings, 11 Its a long, long way to Tipperary Presently, still singing, she rises to view, back of table against which she bumps her head. She interrupts singing to strike table, saying, Bad cess to you Then resumes song in a cracked voice, particularly on the higher tes. She is a short, square-set woman with masculine type of face; self-assertive and confident; able to hold her own. She wears an old blue apron, with white spots, tied round the waist; an old-fashioned hat, with the wrong side to front; her sleeves are tucked up over elbows. Enter Mrs. Moloney, her bosom friend, wearing shawl and large, battered, black straw hat, with withered artificial flowers. She is thin, dyspeptic, nervous and inclined to melancholy. She stands in doorway C, looting round timidly at Mrs. Murphy. Mrs. Moloney. Are you there, Mrs. Murphy, ma'am? Mrs. Murphy. Is that yourself, Mrs. Moloney? Its heartily welkim y'are, thanks be to God. And how's the body? Mrs. Moloney (slowly entering. It's sick and tired I am of it, Mrs. Murphy. I don't care when I leave it and go to a better world. My insides t what it ought to be. (Coughs.) About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.