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Dialogue following No. 25
Flourish. Enter King, his three daughters, Lady Sophy, and the Flowers of Progress.
King: (to Zara) My daughter, this is a very unpleasant state of things. What is to be done?
Zara: I don't know — I don't understand it. We must have omitted something.
King: Omitted something? Yes, that's all very well, but —
Sir Bailey Barre whispers to Zara.
Zara: (suddenly) Of course! Now I remember! Why, I had forgotten the most essential element of all!
King: And that is? —
Zara: Government by Party! Introduce that great and glorious element — at once the bulwark and foundation of England's greatness — and all will be well! No political measures will endure, because one Party will assuredly undo all that the other Party has done; and while grouse is to be shot, and foxes worried to death, the legislative action of the country will be at a standstill. Then there will be sickness in plenty, endless lawsuits, crowded jails, interminable confusion in the Army and Navy, and, in short, general and unexampled prosperity!
All: Ulahlica! Ulahlica!
Phantis: (aside) Baffled!
Scaphio: But an hour will come!
King: Your hour has come already — away with them, and let them wait my will! (Scaphio and Phantis are led off in custody.) From this moment Government by Party is adopted, with all its attendant blessings; and henceforward Utopia will no longer be a Monarchy Limited, but, what is a great deal better, a Limited Monarchy!
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