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No. 18: Duet (Bartolo and Nita)

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Symphony. Enter Bartolo and Nita, still as waxwork Hamlet and Ophelia. They walk down the stage mechanically, as though controlled by clockwork. Their keys are fitted with keyholes in the small of their backs. Each wears a placard inscribed "Put a penny in the slot."

Bartolo. If our action’s stiff and crude,
Do not laugh because it’s rude.
Nita If our gestures promise larks,
Do not make unkind remarks.
Bartolo. Clockwork figures may be found
Everywhere and all around.
Nita Ten to one, if we but knew,
You are clockwork figures too.
Bartolo. And the motto of the lot,
Nita Put a penny in the slot!

NITA. BARTOLO.
  Put a pen-
  ny, put   Put a penny,
  a pen-
  ny, put   put a pen-
  a penny in the slot!   ny, a penny in the slot!
  Put a pen-
  ny, put   Put a penny,
  a pen-
  ny, put   put a pen-
  a penny in the slot!   ny, a penny in the slot!
Harry Monkhouse and Ada Jenoure as Bartolo and Nita.

Bartolo. Bland reporters in the courts,
Who suppress police reports —
Nita Sheriff’s yeoman, pen in fist,
Making out a jury list —
Bartolo. Stern policeman, tall and spare,
Acting all "upon the square"—
Nita

(Which in words that plainer fall
Means that you can square them all) —

Bartolo. If you want to move the lot,
Nita Put a penny in the slot!

NITA. BARTOLO.
  Put a pen-
  ny, put   Put a penny,
  a pen-
  ny, put   put a pen-
  a penny in the slot!   ny, a penny in the slot!
  Put a pen-
  ny, put   Put a penny,
  a pen-
  ny, put   put a pen-
  a penny in the slot!   ny, a penny in the slot!

Nita Usurer for money lent,
Making out his cent. per cent. —
Bartolo.

Widow plump or maiden rare,
Deaf and dumb to suitor’s prayer —

Nita

Tax collectors, whom in vain
You implore to "call again"—

Bartolo.

Cautious voter, whom you find
Slow in making up his mind.

Nita If you’d move them on the spot,
Bartolo.  Put a penny in the slot!

NITA. BARTOLO.
  Put a pen-
  ny, put   Put a penny,
  a pen-
  ny, put   put a pen-
  a penny in the slot!   ny, a penny in the slot!
  Put a pen-
  ny, put   Put a penny,
  a pen-
  ny, put   put a pen-
  a penny in the slot!   ny, a penny in the slot!

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