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Excerpt from Billy Bens Pirate Play(The Sitting-room of the Benson Home, one Saturday afternoon. The furniture having been pushed to one side and carried out until a satisfactory stage space has been secured, Willie Benson, otherwise Billy Ben,MoreExcerpt from Billy Bens Pirate Play(The Sitting-room of the Benson Home, one Saturday afternoon. The furniture having been pushed to one side and carried out until a satisfactory stage space has been secured, Willie Benson, otherwise Billy Ben, in a complete Indian suit, with a wooden sword and pistols, is explaining the arrangements to his aunt, Margaret Williams.)Willie. Now this much will be stage (indicating with the sword), and this much will be audience. (another wave of the sword). Do you think thatll be all right?Miss W. (seating herself in the audience part of the room). Yes, thatll be fine. Are you going to have a curtain?Willie. The curtain will be there, but we cant put it up until the day of the play. You see in a pirate play there is nt much scenery- it is the acting that counts. In a love play it is different.Miss W. (meekly). I suppose that is true. Do you pay much attention to costumes in a pirate play?Willie. (largely, straightening his tipsy headgear). A good deal, but there is no change of costume. Pirates do not care much for clothes, and of course there are no wimmen in the play. Well, I guess everythings ready. Shall we commence? (Miss Williams nods.) - Come on in, Tommy Tompkins! - Tommy is the Cannibal King, you know.(Enter Tommy Tompkins, got up in what he conceives to be an appropriate winter costume for a Cannibal King. He carries a tin shield and a baseball bat.)Tommy. (halting). Oh, I didnt know your aunt was here!Miss W. How do you do, Tommy.Willie, (taking his position on the stage). Shes going to be audience, you know, and see how we do it.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.