‘You got your paper? ‘ ‘Yes’ ‘Is it good?’ ‘Not much’ Meg woke up in the morning and prepared Petey’s breakfast
‘Do you want to have a look at your face? You could do with a shave, do you know that? Don’t you ever go out?’ Lulu says to Stanley. ‘Why don’t you have a wash? You look terrible.’ she asked ‘A wash wouldn’t make a difference’ he answered.
‘We heard that you kindly let room for gentlemen. So I brought my friend along with me. We were after a nice place, you understand. So we came to you. I am Mr. Goldberg and this is Mr. McCann’
‘Uncle Barney taught me that the word of a gentleman is enough. That’s why, when I had to go away on business I never carried money’ Mr. Goldberg shares his wisdom with his friend Mr. McCann
‘Is the number 846 possible or necessary?’ ‘Speak up Webber. Why did the chicken cross the street?’ ‘Which came first? Chicken? Egg?’ Too many questions and a mind that is about to get lost!
‘What’s this?’ Stanley asked ‘It’s your present’ Meg answered happily. ‘it’s a drum. A boy’s drum!’
‘Do you like my dress Mr. Goldberg?’ Meg is asking ‘It is out on its own. Turn yourself round a minute. I used to be in the business. Go on, walk up there.’ Mr. Goldberg answers.
‘Haven’t you ever played blind’s man buff? Keep still Mrs Boles. You mustn’t be touched. But you can’t move after she is blind. You must stay were you are after she is blind. And if she touches you then you become blind. Turn around. How many fingers am I holding up?’
‘Right! Everyone move about. McCann. Stanley. Now stop. Now still. Off you go!’
‘It’s your turn Stan’ Meg said ‘I’ll take your glasses’ McCann added
‘You know what? I ‘ve never lost a tooth. Not since the day I was born. Nothing’s changed. That’s why I’ ve reached my position, McCann. Because I ‘ve always been as fit as a fiddle.’
‘It was a lovely party. I haven’t laughed so much for years. We had dancing and singing. And games. You should have been there.’
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