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Dialogue following No. 2.


Enter COX.

Cox. Well, this is pleasant. This comes of having one's hair cut. None of my hats will fit me. Never mind, this one appears to wobble about rather less than the others (puts on hat), and now Iím off. By the by, Bouncer, I wish to know how it is that I frequently find my apartment full of smoke?

Bouncer. Why - I suppose the chimney -

Cox. The chimney doesn't smoke tobacco. I'm speaking of tobacco smoke, how is this?

Michael Rayner as Mr. Cox.
Mr. Cox

Bouncer. (confused) Why - I suppose - yes - that must be it -

Cox. At present, I am entirely of your opinion - because I havenít the most distinct particle of an idea what you mean.

Bouncer. Why, the gentleman who has got the attics is hardly ever without a pipe in his mouth - and there he sits for hours, and puffs away into the fire-place.

Cox. Ah! then you mean to say that this gentleman's smoke, instead of emulating the example of all other sorts of smoke, and going up the chimney, thinks proper to affect a singularity by taking the contrary direction?

Bouncer. Why -

Cox. Then I suppose the gentleman you are speaking of, is the individual that I invariably meet coming up stairs when I'm going down, and going down when I'm coming up?

Bouncer. Why - yes - I

Cox. From the appearance of his outward man, I should unhesitatingly set him down as a gentleman connected with the printing interest.

Bouncer. Yes sir, and a very respectable young gentleman he is. Good morning, Colonel. (going)

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