The Circle

1
It is the intention to herein
 point up that old, yet so
valuable, moral --

 "MAN MAY SELECT A
 WIFE-BUT HE SHOULD
 BE CAREFUL WHOSE
  WIFE HE SELECTS!"

2
For twelve generations
 Cheney Castle had been
handed down from father to
son. Its first and only scandal
was twin beds in the master's 
chamber - thirty years ago.

3
In the late '90s, Lord
  Clive Cheney was
 master of the castle.

4
"Catherine!"

5
Hugh Porteous was the
 best man at Clive
Cheney's wedding --
and he still was, as far 
as Lady Catherine was
     concerned.

6
"But we love each other,
 Catherine. Nothing else
 should be considered."

7
"You'll never regret
 the step we're taking,
        dear."

8
"I say, Hughie....were
 you expecting to be
        shot?"

9
"The former owner used
 them on a bounder
 who tried to run away
    with his wife."

10
   THIRTY YEARS PASSED -

The circle of another generation
 was about complete....and
Lady Catherine's son, Arnold,
grew to manhood...without her.
He married...and a new mistress
  presided at Cheney Castle.

11
Elizabeth, Arnold's wife,
        was just another
lovely thing cutting her
wisdom teeth on a
wedding ring.

    - Eleanor Boardman

12
"Teddy" Luton was a friend -
 the kind of friend to 
whom a marriage certificate
was a sort of stop-off
privilege.

    - Malcolm McGregor

13
"You wonderful creature!
 You're too beautiful to
 bury yourself in this 
         place!"

14
"Do you know why
 I invited you here
      today?"

15
"Because Arnold's mother,
 Lady Catherine....and
 Lord Porteous....are coming
    here to visit us."

16
"But what has their
 coming here to do
     with me?"

17
"I want to see how
 runaway love wears
 after thirty years. If
 they're still happy,
       then -"

18
Arnold Cheney
 Elizabeth's husband.

       - Creighton Hale

19
"It's only Alice Shenstone.
 She's to be our guest, 
          too."

20
"Arnold is unbearably
 fussy! He keeps this
  place like a tomb!"

21
"He forgets that we of
 the present generation
 are not quite dead....
         yet."

22
"What a thorough
   old woman!"

23
"Upon my soul, I wish
 you hadn't invited my
 mother! I'm frightfully
        jumpy!"

24
"Don't be ridiculous,
 Arnold! Your mother
 hasn't seen you in
 almost thirty years!"

25
"- and inviting that
 man, Porteous, to
 come here with her,
 is...positive piffle!"

26
"It's outrageous! Fancy
 inviting those two here!
 I'm jolly glad father's
      in London."

27
"It's dangerous! If he found
 Porteous here there would
 be murder - and what not!"

28
"You shouldn't have 
 dragged me along,
 Kitty! D----d silly
 idea for me to meet
    them anyway!"

29
Lord Clive Cheney.

          - Alec Francis

30
"Mr. Luton....this is
   Arnold's father."

31
"Never felt so keen
 about shooting in my
 life....as I do today."

32
"Father looks frightfully 
 peckish. His trip's tired
          him."

33
"Hunting is fine in
 Scotland now, sir. By
 leaving instantly you
 could motor to Renham
   before nightfall."

34
"I'm sure I can get
 enough shooting to
 satisfy me....right here."

35
"Tell me....why did
 Arnold look exactly
 like a dose of castor
 oil when I walked in?"

36
"Out with it! Every-
 one is flustered and
 embarrassed! What's
        up?"

37
"Am I boney?"

38
"On the contrary -"

39
"Don't evade my
 question. What's
 bothering everyone?"

40
"Lady Catherine is
   coming here."

41
"And who is Lady
   Catherine?"

42
"Why...your...your -
  Arnold's mother."

43
"I wonder what the years
 have done to Catherine.
 She was exquisitely
      beautiful."

44
"Hughie, do you suppose
 Clive has aged much?"

45
"H--l, yes! Probably
 he's as wrinkled as 
      a prune!"

46
"She will probably be
 frail, sweet, quiet and
 lovely....in black satin
      and old lace."

47
"I know what she did 
 was wrong....but she
 loved and she dared."

48
"Who is that young
 man....who whispers
   so engagingly?"

49
"Just a friend of mine....
    and of Arnold's."

50
"Ah, yes....and of 
     Arnold's."

51
"I had a friend like that....
 Hugh Porteous....dark,
 handsome, and rather
     interesting."

52
"Just his kind."

53
"Did you tell him that
 his former wife and
 Porteous are coming?"

54
"Well....half. All except
 that Lord Porteous is
      coming too!"

55
"Why are you having
 them come here....
 to bring the past to
        life."

56
"I'm curious to see
 them...to know if it
      has paid."

57
"They're here!"

58
"They're here!"

59
"Good Lord! Do you
 think she'll want to
      kiss me?"

60
"She's your mother, 
     isn't she?"

61
Lady Catherine.

     - Eugenie Besserer

62
"Arnold, my son!
 I should have known 
   you anywhere!"

63
"But this is Arnold."

64
"The image of his
 father! I should
 have known him
    anywhere!"

65
Lord Hugh Porteous.

     - George Fawcett

66
"There's a h--l of a
 draught coming from
      somewhere!"

67
"How are you, Hughie?"

68
"D---d rheumatic if you
     want to know!"

69
"It's he! My original 
       husband!"

70
"What a moment for
 you, Clive! You are
 overjoyed to see me,
     aren't you?"

71
"Kiss me, Clive!"

72
"May I?"

73
"He's still the same
 Clive....after all these
     years, Hughie."

74
"D---n it, sir! Don't
 guffaw at me! Your
 teeth are as false as
        mine!"

75
"Yes, but by gad, sir,
      mine fit!"

76
"Frail....sweet....
  quietly lovely!"

77
"Poor Hughie!"

78
"I must confess it, you
 were a beautiful baby,
 Arnold, and you've never
      outgrown it!"

79
"Don't you think Arnold's
    the image of me?"

80
"You don't understand
 me, Hughie. You've
 never been a mother!"

81
"We've got to make the
 break sometime. Let's
    go....tonight!"

82
"But, Teddy....suppose I
 should come to look
 like Lady Catherine!"

83
"And if you....should
 come to be like him,
        I - -"

84
"D--d silly bit of
    furniture!"

85
"I'm not a bally
     infant!"

86
"It might sweeten
  you up a bit!"

87
"You've made a misdeal,
       darling."

88
"How can I use my
 hands and ears at the 
     same time?"

89
"- - my hair's not
 naturally this color,
      you know."

90
"Are you playing
 bridge....or a
  mouth organ?"

91
"Must you trump
    my ace?"

92
"I know something
 about this game!"

93
"H--l! If you do....
  it's a secret!"

94
"They talk a splendid
   game of bridge."

95
"Stop that idiotic
     chatter!"

96
"Leave him alone! At
 least he's amiable."

97
"Of course he's amiable.
 He's never had anything
      to sour him."

98
"Oh Lord! Now she's
 going to cry again."

99
"D--n it. Don't breathe
     down my neck!"

100
"What's got your nerves, 
 Hughie....too many
        cigars?"

101
"Cigars, h--l! You've
 had it sweet! All I
 have left....is cigars!"

102
"Let's get away from 
 here! You can't have
 two husbands under
 the same roof and keep
  the d----d thing on!"

103
"When I think what I've
 sacrificed for that man!"

104
"Don't get excited. This
 is the time to use
    good judgment."

105
"Good judgment! I'd better
 use more forceful methods."

106
"Youth! It's just a day
 of spring....and gone!"

107
"What's the calamity
         now?"

108
"Don't look!"

109
"You're just as lovely
    as ever, Kitty."

110
"No drastic measures,
 my boy. Handle her 
 gently and everything
  will be all right."

111
"I'm sure Elizabeth
 loves you. I'll fetch
 her and you talk
 with her nicely and
      quietly."

112
"Do you remember those
 nights in Venice....
 the moonlight....the
 boatmen singing - -"

113
"It has lasted, hasn't
 it....your love for each
          other?"

114
"It has, my dear....but
 then, Lady Kitty is a
 very unusual woman!"

115
"There seems to be
 something wrong, my 
      dear - -"

116
"- - but, after all, I'm
 really quite in love with
 you....and all that sort
        of thing."

117
"By Jove, this thing
   can't go on --"

118
"- you might force
 me to do something
 rash....and I'd dislike
  that frightfully."

119
"I knew we'd fix it,
       my boy."

120
"Suppose some man
 were trying to take
 me away from you.
 What would you do?"

121
"You have two lovely 
  eyes, Elizabeth."

122
"I'd black one -"

123
"- and close the other!"

124
"You brute!"

125
"I've decided to run
 away....just as you
      two did."

126
"You're two young
 fools....but I don't
 suppose anything can
      stop you."

127
"We will be happy
 together....won't
    we, Teddy?"

128
"Of course we will, 
 dear....I'm offering
     you love!"

129
"Teddy, I adore you!"

130
"They're doing the
 wrong thing....but
    that's life."

131
"What are you
 laughing at?"

132
"I'm laughing at Luton!
 He tried to induce
 Elizabeth to elope
   with him - -"

133
"Fancy that young
 whipper-snapper
 matching wits
    with me!"

134
"You're a downy old
    bird, Clive!"

135
"You must find your
 master! Something
 terrible has happened!
   He must know!"

136
"You have two lovely
       eyes!"

137
"I'm going to black
     one - -"

138
"You brute!"

139
"And close the other!"

140
"Get back in there!"

141
"I'm so glad you saw
 your mistake....and
     came back."

142
"This must be our
 secret, dear. Arnold
 must never know."

143
"No fools like old fools....
 unless they're young
  fools, eh, Hughie?"

144
"Arnold, where have
 you been? We've been
  looking for you."

145
"Mr. Luton left hurriedly....
 and Elizabeth had to
 see him off. You should
 treat your guests more 
      courteously!"

146
"It's late, dear, 
    isn't it?"

147
"- in fact, it's time 
 you and I retired."

148
"Come along, my dear."

149
"Dorker....find a
 new chauffeur,
 I'm dismissed."

150
"Anything more
 tonight, sir?"

151
"Pretty fair little joke
 on someone....eh
  what, Hughie?"

152
"Pretty fair? By Gad, 
 sir....it's perfect!!!"

The End


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