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Scene II

SCENE: A Milliner's Show-room. Some bonnets and two common dolls' heads on table up L. High desk with ledger R. Wide opening C., with doors R. and L.
Enter BELLA CRACKENTHORPE.

Bella. (calling off). Now, make haste, young ladies — attend to your work and don't chatter. Upon my life, I've been very fortunate! I only purchased this business four months
ago, and I've quite a large connection already! Ah! it's not everywhere that civility
and punctuality, combined with the latest Paris fashions, are to be obtained at a
moderate advance on Store prices.

No. 4: Ballad (Bella)
To MIDI File


Bella.
  By dreams of ample profit lured,
    And overflowing till,
  By easy payments I secured
    Stock, fixtures, and goodwill.
  But fixtures are but means to end,
    Goodwill's a term misplaced,
  Unless you with them deftly blend
    Politeness and Good Taste.
    Without you, money paid is waste,
So hail, Politeness and Good Taste!
So hail, Politeness and Good Taste!
So hail, Politeness and Good Taste!
 
  Without your calm unpurchased aid,
    Work hardly as you may,
  The finest business in the trade
    Falls off and fades away.
  The stock depreciates in tone,
    The goodwill dwindles fast,
  The humble fixtures, they alone
    Are faithful to the last!
    Ye fixtures, though but means to ends,
You do your best, my humble friends!
You do your best, my humble friends!
You do your best, my humble friends!

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