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No. 10: DUET (Baroness & Rudolph)

"As o'er our penny roll we sing"

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Baroness.
Rosina Brandram and Walter Passmore as the Baroness and Rudolph
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As o'er our penny roll we sing,
It is not reprehensive
To think what joys our wealth would bring
Were we disposed to do the thing
Upon a scale extensive.
There's rich mock-turtle — thick and clear —
Rudolph. (confidentially)
Perhaps we'll have it once a year!
Baroness. (delighted)
You are an open-handed dear!
Rudolph.
Though, mind you, it's expensive.
Baroness.
No doubt it is expensive.
Both.
How fleeting are the glutton's joys!
With fish and fowl he lightly toys,

Rudolf.
And pays for such expensive tricks
Sometimes as much as two-and-six!
Baroness. (surprised)
As two-and-six?
Rudolph.
As two-and-six!
Both.
Sometimes as much as two-and-six!
Baroness.
It gives him no advantage, mind —
For you and he have only dined,
And you remain when once it's down
A better man by half-a-crown.
Rudolph. (doubtfully)
By half-a-crown?
Baroness. (decisively)
By half-a-crown!
Both. (dancing)

Yes, two-and-six is half-a-crown.

Then let us be modestly merry,
And rejoice with a derry down derry.
For to laugh and to sing
No extravagance bring —
It's a joy economical, very!
Then let us be modestly merry,
And rejoice with a derry down derry.
For to laugh and to sing
No extravagance bring —
It's a joy economical, very!


Baroness.
Rosina Brandram as the Baroness
Although as you're of course aware
(I never tried to hide it)
I moisten my insipid fare
With water — which I can't abear —
Rudolph.
Nor I — I can't abide it.
Baroness.
This pleasing fact our souls will cheer,
With fifty thousand pounds a year
We could indulge in table beer!
Rudolph.
Get out!
Baroness.
We could — I've tried it!
Rudolph.
Yes, yes, of course you've tried it!

Both.
Oh, he who has an income clear
Of fifty thousand pounds a year —
Baroness.
Can purchase all his fancy loves
Conspicuous hats —
Rudolph.
Two-shilling gloves —
Baroness. (doubtfully)
Two-shilling gloves?
Rudolph. (positively)
Two-shilling gloves!
Both.
Yes, think of that, two-shilling gloves!
Baroness.
Cheap shoes and ties of gaudy hue,
And Waterbury watches, too,
And think that he could buy the lot
Were he a donkey,
Rudolph.
Which he's not!
Baroness.
Oh no, he's not!
Rudolph.
Oh no, he's not!
Both. (dancing)

That kind of donkey he is not!

Then let us be modestly merry,
And rejoice with a derry down derry.
For to laugh and to sing
Is a rational thing —
It's a joy economical, very!
Then let us be modestly merry,
And rejoice with a derry down derry.
For to laugh and to sing
Is a rational thing —
It's a joy economical, very!

(Exit Baroness.)

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