The Thirteenth Chair (1917).pdf
likes. (Voices and laughter heard off L.) Now that's all I'm going to say
about it until then. (Moves up L.)
(The door L. opens. MARY EASTWOOD, HELEN TRENT, ELIZABETH
ERSKINE, GRACE STANDISH, HOWARD STANDISH, PHILIP
MASON and BRADDISH TRENT enter laughing and talking.)
MISS EASTWOOD (at L.C. To crowd in doorway). And he said whose
WILLIAM (C. HELEN in front of table R.). Quiet, quiet, everybody. I've got
a surprise for you.
(From the people at the door come laughter and buzz of conversation.)
Nellie and I are going to be married.
(Girls rushC.and congratulateHELEN.Men andWILLIAM L.C.Business ad
lib., congratulating him.)
MISS EASTWOOD (coming to WILLIAM C.). If you hadn't been engaged
to her, she could have you arrested for the way you made eyes at her at
dinner, Billy. But of course, if people will marry—why——(She turns
away R.) I hope you will be awfully happy. (Crosses to MR. and MRS.
CROSBY down R.)
MISS ERSKINE (coming to WILLIAM). Isn't it beautiful? (Moves up
to L. of chesterfield sofa.)
MRS. TRENT (crossing to WILLIAM and kissing him). I'm glad, Billy,
(Moves over toSTANDISH,who is downL.withTRENT. MISS
STANDISHmoves to front of tableR.)
(WILLIAM and HELEN look around—see that no one is paying attention to
them—WILLIAM sneaks up to door R.C., opens it and he and HELEN exit
quickly. MRS. CROSBY, MR. CROSBY and MISS EASTWOOD are in
front of the table R.C. TRENT, STANDISH, MRS. TRENT,
MASON talking together over L. WALES up L. Conversation ad lib.
until MISS EASTWOOD speaks.)