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No. 8 - Duet - Susan and Gigg

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Susan: If ever I marry, my husband must be
In some occupation attractive to me;
I'm sure I should dote on an artist of note,
With wonderful ties and a velveteen coat!
Gigg: Oh, that sort of man wouldn't suit you a bit.
He'd always be trying to get you to sit,
And painting away for sending-in day;
You know the Academy opens in May!
(Dialogue and Business)
Both: (his words) Now don't you see that you would be
Unhappy with such a celebritee.
His language artistic would fall rather flat!
You wouldn't get on with a man like that!
   
Susan: Now sometimes I think I would marry for choice
An opera singer with beautiful voice,
Who'd work with the whole of his heart and his soul
In rendering, say, a Wagnerian rôle.
Gigg: For choosing a singer your motif is leit.
Remember that he would be out ev'ry night;
That day-time, alas! I fear he would pass
Rehearsing expression in front of a glass.
(Dialogue and Business)
Both: (her words) I think I see that I would be
Unhappy with such a celebritee.
Although he would probably never sing flat,
I shouldn't get on with a man like that!
   
Gigg: I'm sure you'd find no one more suitable than
A highly respectable medical man,
Whose praise would be sung by the old and the young;
Your pulse he would feel and examine your tongue.
Susan: Well, I should get dreadfully jealous, you know,
For popular doctors are flirted with so;
Some ladies, you see, will ask them to tea,
And fully describe what their symptoms may be.
(Dialogue and Business)
Both: (his words Now don't you see that you would be
Unhappy with such a celebritee.
With patients he'd always be having a chat,
You wouldn't get on with a man like that!
   
Gigg: Why not try a judge very learned and bland.
The Law Courts, you know, are not far down the Strand,
And there he'd preside, looking most dignified,
And listen while different cases were tried.
Susan: Yes, judges are wonderful persons, no doubt,
But they're got a habit of finding things out;
And I should object to have him suspect,
Supposing my conduct was not quite correct.
(Dialogue and Business)
Both: (her words) I think I see that I would be
Unhappy with such a celebritee.
He'd always be finding out what I was at.
I shouldn't get on with a man like that!

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