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Dialogue following No. 20
Sir Joseph. Then I am to understand that Captain Corcoran and Ralph were exchanged in childhood's happy hour — that Ralph is really the Captain, and the Captain is Ralph?
Buttercup. That is the idea I intended to convey, officially!
Sir Joseph. And very well you have conveyed it.
Buttercup. Aye! aye! yer 'onour.
Sir Joseph. Dear me! Let them appear before me, at once!
Ralph enters as Captain; Captain as a common sailor. Josephine rushes to his arms
Josephine. My father — a common sailor!
Captain. It is hard, is it not, my dear?
Sir Joseph. This is a very singular occurrence; I congratulate you both. (to Ralph) Desire that remarkably fine seaman to step forward.
Ralph. Corcoran. Three paces to the front — march!
Captain. If what?
Ralph. If what? I don't think I understand you.
Captain. If you please.
Sir Joseph. The gentleman is quite right. If you please.
Ralph. Oh! If you please. (Captain steps forward.)
Sir Joseph. (to Captain) You are an extremely fine fellow.
Captain. Yes, your honour.
Sir Joseph. So it seems that you were Ralph, and Ralph was you.
Captain. So it seems, your honour.
Sir Joseph. Well, I need not tell you that after this change in your condition, a marriage with your daughter will be out of the question.
Captain. Don't say that, your honour — love levels all ranks.
Sir Joseph. It does to a considerable extent, but it does not level them as much as that. (Handing Josephine to Ralph.) Here — take her, sir, and mind you treat her kindly.
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