The Manxman

1
"What shall it profit a man
 if he gain the whole world
 and lose his own soul?"

2
Philip Christian, a rising
 young lawyer, and Pete
Quilliam, the fisherman,
met as boys and grew up
      as brothers.

3
Still the staunchest friends,
  they fought side by side
for the cause of the lowly
fisherfolk.

4
"Come on, lads - we're
 signing the petition at
   old Caesar's inn."

5
Kate Cregeen, daughter
  of old Caesar, who
kept the "Manx Fairy".

6
"It's just like you, Mr.
 Christian, to help our
         men."

7
"I'd do anything for Pete
 - his friends are mine."

8
"Men, I'm going to see this
 through - even if I have
 to take it to the Governor
  of the island himself."

9
"I reckon now's as good
 a time as any to ask
 old Caesar about me and
         Kate."

10
"You and Kate? - -
     Oh, yes."

11
"You - Phil -"

12
"- - you speak for me,
 Phil - you've got a way
 of making things sound 
        better."

13
"Just praise me a bit, 
         Phil."

14
"I tell you - get out! How
 dare you even mention
 my daughter's name, you
    penniless lout."

15
"You'll be sorry -"

16
"I'll make you take that
 back one day, Caesar."

17
"I'll show him, Phil. I'll go
 abroad - - to Africa. I'll
      work my passage."

18
"And I'll come back rich
   - see if I don't."

19
"Let's go and tell Kate."

20
"Kate - I'm off to foreign
 parts to make my fortune."

21
"When I come back, it's
 a queen I'll make of you
 - - if only you'll wait."

22
"Aw, Kate - hold your
 capers - - be serious
       a-while."

23
"Will you wait, darlin'?"

24
"All right, Pete. I promise."

25
"She's promised to wait,
 Phil! Look after her for
 me while I am gone."

26
From the Island, to Liver-
 pool by the packet boat
- - then the big ship to
"foreign parts".

27
       The home of Philip
        Christian, cradle of
       a line of Deemsters.

(Deemster - Judge in the Isle of Man.)

28
"You were with that
 publican's daughter
   again to-day."

29
"It doesn't improve your
 prospects to be seen
 about with that girl."

30
"You know, Aunt, I
 promised Pete to look
     after her."

31
"It's not fair to the girl
 - - and it's not fair to
        yourself."

32
"I must keep my word."

33
"Your father married
 beneath him - let his
 ruined career be a
  warning to you."

34
"I've devoted my life
 to fitting you for the
 day when you become
      Deemster."

35
"Don't spoil your future by
 a foolish entanglement -
 break it off while there
        is time."

36
"Pete's dead!"

37
"Maybe I was wrong about
 Pete and Kate - - she
 hasn't spoken a word
  since the news came."

38
"Philip - we're free."

39
"Don't you see what this
     means to us?"

40
"I'm glad Pete's alive but
 it makes no difference.
   I don't love him."

41
"Kate - you promised
  yourself to him."

42
"Yes, I promised myself
 to him, but I've given
     myself to you."

43
"It can't go on, Kate. Pete
 trusted us and he is
 coming home with faith
    in our loyalty."

44
"If he ever knew we had
 been false to him, it would
 break his heart. We must
 think of his happiness."

45
"Whatever happens, Pete
   must never know."

46
"You go in, Philip - I can't
         face him."

47
"See, Kate. You waited
 for him, and the Lord's
  spared him for you."

48
"And he's come home
 again, hearty and flush
     o' money."

49
"I can tell Kate you've
 agreed to our marrying."

50
"Now everything's all
 right, we can get married
    straight away."

51
"And you'll be best man, 
         Phil."

52
"The surprise of seeing
 me again was too much
        for her."

53
"Marriage be a mighty
   reverent thing."

54
"All manner of punishment
 comes to them that's false
   to its sacred vows."

55
"The mills of God grind
        slowly -"

56
"Hoy, Caesar - this is
 not a funeral - it's a
       wedding."

57
A trusting, joyous husband
  - an adored, unhappy 
wife whose secret misery
brought death into her soul.

58
"You've got to take me
     away, Philip."

59
"I can't keep my secret
      any longer."

60
"Why didn't you tell me
 before? It would have
 made all the difference."

61
"You kept away from me
 - you thought more of
 your future than of mine."

62
"We must tell Pete every-
        thing."

63
"No - not now! Think
   of the shame."

64
"But Pete must know."

65
"He must never know 
  the real truth."

66
"Pete - I've something to
         tell you."

67
"D'y'hear, Phil? I'm going
     to be a father."

68
"A young woman to see
      you, sir."

69
"I've left him, Philip. I
 cannot live this life of
   deceit any longer."

70
"What are you going
       to do?"

71
"I want to be with you
 - do take me, Philip."

72
"Can't I stay here? I could
 hide away somewhere. I
 wouldn't be any trouble."

73
"She wanted a holiday,
 so I sent her to London."

74
"She wanted a holiday,
 so I sent her to London."

75
"Kate's gone!"

76
"Help me to find her,
       Philip."

77
"I must get back to my
         baby."

78
"Philip, I want to talk
         to you."

79
"Philip - the time has come
 when you must choose 
 between your career and
          me."

80
"You must be patient,
 Kate - give me time
      to think."

81
"I'm going to get all I
 have left in the world
     - our baby."

82
"To-morrow I'm sitting in
 Court as Deemster for
 the first time. It will be
 the greatest day of my 
          life."

83
"I'm not staying."

84
"I've come for my baby."

85
"You shan't take her -
     she's mine."

86
"She's not yours - she
      never was."

87
"It's a lie!"

88
"It's a lie, I tell you!"

89
"Before the main business
 of the day is begun, will
 you ask his honour to
 dispose of a minor charge -"

90
"A case of attempted
      suicide."

91
"The prisoner refuses her
          name."

92
"I was by the quayside
 when I heard a splash
 and a scream - and after
 a struggle I managed to
    drag her ashore."

93
"My poor woman, is there
 nobody here who can
   answer for you?"

94
"Phil - Phil! Let me speak
         for her."

95
"I beg pardon, sir - but
 as you know, she's my
         wife."

96
"I'll take her back, sir.
 Please let her go, Philip."

97
"The prisoner is discharged 
 and free to return to her
          husband."

98
"Dear old Phil!"

99
"Er - thank you, sir."

100
"I'm not going back!"

101
"You see, sir, before we
 were married she was in
 love with another man."

102
"I'm not going back!"

103
"There before you is her
 betrayer, the Deemster
       himself."

104
"Can't you see, Pete -
   can't you see?"

105
"He speaks the truth -"

106
"- I stand before you - a
 man who has broken faith
 with his best friend and
 taken away a woman's
        honour."

107
"You gave me your trust
 which I am unworthy 
       to bear."

108
"I am not fit to sit in
 judgement on my fellows,
 I who have sinned against 
      God and man."

109
"I resign this - the dignity
 I strove for, that I may
 devote myself to righting
 the wrong I have done."

110
"Pete, we too have
     suffered."

THE END


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