Piccadilly

1
"Never seen Vic and 
 Mabel? Why they're 
  the talk of the 
       town!"

2
"Or rather Vic is. Without
   him there wouldn't be
      a woman in the 
          Club."

3
 "But is it a Club?
Do Clubs have
electric signs?"

4
 "Of course it isn't a 
Club.

   They call it a Club
  and so everybody wants
  to come to it."

5
"Miss Mabel, please!"

6
"Mr Victor, please!"

7
"I wish you wouldn't be-
 have like that, Victor - 
I don't like it, and I've
    told you before."

8
"Valentine, I've been 
   looking for you 
     everywhere."

9
"Don't forget I'm on
 duty, my dear. Can't
  afford to neglect
     customers."

10
"Nor me either, I
      hope."

11
"That's Valentine Wilmot.

        He runs the Club;
  he started it and
  made it -"

12
 "- he also started 
Mabel and made her,
too.

    You can imagine the 
  rest."

13
"Dirty plate!"

14
 "A complaint about 
a plate, sir --

    perhaps too much 
   champagne."

15
 "Yes, sir. I know we
had the same sort of
trouble last night -

 but I'm only responsible 
for the restaurant -"

16
"- the restaurant is the 
restaurant and the 
 kitchen is the kitchen."

17
"What's the meaning 
      of this?"

18
 "The kitchen is the 
kitchen

       and the scullery
     is the scullery."

19
"She must leave at once."

20
 "And if this kind 
of thing occurs again,
Bessie -

     you must go too."

21
 "Rotten for you
Mabel, that disturbance

     but I've found out
    what's wrong and I've
    put it right."

22
 "Just imagine the 
whole place being upset 
by one little Chinese 
girl in the scullery."

23
 "Dancing in the 
scullery -

      and upsetting
     your dancing in the
     restaurant!"

24
 "There was something 
else wrong tonight -

   and I'm going to put 
  that right now."

25
 "My dear, I'm simply
mad about you!"

26
"I'm off to America.

      Come with me
     and I'll make you the 
     idol of Broadway."

27
"Don't be silly!"

28
"It's you who are silly.

      Valentine only wants
     you because he thinks
     you're a success."

29
 "But what sort of
success would you be
without me?"

30
 "My dear, do please
be sensible."

31
 "I want to give a 
fortnight's notice."

32
 "Good! You've saved 
me the trouble of giving 
you notice."

33
"Has my dancing been
 the making of the
 Piccadilly, or hasn't
          it?"

34
"You'd never give me 
       notice."

35
 "Complained? 
You bet she hasn't -

    Mabel's off her head
   about me."

36
 "I'm just getting 
rid of this conceited 
ass --

        and what do you 
       think he says?"

37
"Tell her what you've 
    just told me."

38
 "He has the impudence
to say that you're in love 
with him

   and that it's you
who've encouraged him."

39
"He knows it isn't 
      true."

40
 "I'm late, sir, because
I'd lost my mascot

     and I've been looking 
    everywhere for it."

41
"Does it bring you luck?"

42
"Nice thing to keep me 
 waiting 'ere all this 
     time, Shosho."

43
 "Business is still getting 
worse, sir.

     We used to have
    half our tables booked
    before noon. Look at 
    the sheet -"

44
"With all due respect
  to Miss Mabel -"

45
 "- Victor leaving us
is a serious loss.

      Something must be
     done, Mr Wilmot."

46
"Something will be done, 
       Santos."

47
"Jim - that mascot you 
 gave me, I've lost it."

48
 "If you hadn't lost it,
you wouldn't have got the 
sack."

49
 "It'll bring no luck to
'im as finds it."

50
"The boss 'as sent me 
 to fetch yer, Shosho."

51
"I don't mind trying,
 sir, if you want me 
          to."

52
"Oh, no, sir -
      I'm sure I shouldn't
     be frightened."

53
 "I did dance
once in public - in
Limehouse.
   I live down there."

54
 "They wouldn't let me
dance again, sir - there
was trouble between two
men -

    knives, policemen."

55
"I didn't know you 
    were busy."

56
"I hope Mr Wilmot
 is taking you back
 in the scullery -

    I'm sure you won't get
   into any more scrapes."

57
 "Well, then, it's all
agreed -

     except the 
   salary."

58
"You'll see what I can 
 do first, and then tell
    me what you can 
         pay."


59
 "You need a Chinese 
costume -

     there's a place in 
    Soho."

60
"No - not Soho.
   There's only one place
for Chinese costumes -
it's a shop in Limehouse."

61
"This is the costume 
       I want."

62
"Will you try it on?"

63
"Jim - you put it 
       on."

64
"Who is this Jim?"

65
   "Jim? The son of
my sister, an honourable
widow.

       He works for me."

66
"There's not another 
 like it in London."

67
"Eighty pounds is 
 nothing for such 
     a dress."

68
"Forty pounds - and
 not a penny more."

69
"Eighty pounds - and
  not a penny less."

70
"I dance in that -
  or not at all."

71
"And Jim must play 
     my music."

72
"How do you like my 
    new dance?"

73
 "It's splendid!
And with my other 
surprise -"

74
"What other surprise?"

75
 "You see, business
isn't too good, and I had
to find a novelty.

     So I'm trying Shosho
 in a real Chinese dance."

76
"Shosho?
   But she can't dance!"

77
 "You happened to see
a dish-washer capering
about in your scullery,

    and you go and
   put her on to dance in
   your restaurant."

78
"They'll laugh at her!
   They'll laugh!"

79
 "You've never danced 
better, my dear.

         Everybody was
         delighted."

80
 "Never mind about me -
Shosho's music
has just begin -

       you had better go."

81
"Where are you, Mab?

    Shosho is a terrific 
   success."

82
 "Miss Mabel would like
to thank you for the
flowers."

83
"Yes! Mr Wilmot knew wot
 'e was doin', 'e did."

84
 "That night Shosho
got the sack, Mr Wilmot
met 'er on the stairs

  and 'e made 'er dance
 for 'im in 'is office
 all quiet like."

85
 "I told 'er it would 
be all right -"

86
 "- and it 'as been
all right."

87
"Your contract's ready
     on my desk."

88
 "Jim, run and get
my contract from Mr
Wilmot's office."

89
"I'm so tired -
      couldn't you drive 
     me home tonight?"

90
"Thank you.
Goodnight, Mr Wilmot."

91
"And you have the 
 nerve to kiss me!"

92
 "Shosho begged me to
take her home -

   really, I couldn't refuse
  the girl."

93
 "You're quite wrong, 
my dear. I didn't even see
the outside of the house.

    She insisted on leaving 
   me at the corner."

94
"Oh! So she had to 
      insist."

95
 "Not at all!
She simply didn't want 
the car to be seen in 
her street.

     I'm being perfectly 
    frank."

96
"Yes, you're frank now!
 But you never told me 
 about her dancing in 
 your private office in 
   the middle of the 
         night."

97
 "I wanted it to 
be a complete surprise 
to everybody."
              "It was."

98
     "No doubt.
But I don't like being 
kept in the dark -
  about that sort of thing."

99
 "Mab, darling!
Surely you aren't
jealous!"

100
 "That's just what I am!
Jealous! Jealous!

   And it seems to me
  I've good reason to be -
  never will I dance in the
  Piccadilly again!"

101
 "Please go!
I ask you to go. Now!"

102
New Piccadilly Nights.

103
"You see, this is 
 our Piccadilly."

104
 "Yer know that's not
allowed in my place -
dancing with a white girl.
                Get out!"

105
"Are yer blind, or wot?"

106
"I think we'd better 
 go, Miss Shosho."

107
 "Thank you.
Good night, Miss Shosho."

108
"You are the first 
 visitor to my new 
       rooms."

109
"It's very late, Miss 
  Shosho, but I've 
  come about some-
   thing urgent."

110
"Thank you, I don't 
      smoke."

111
"Well - what is it?"

112
"It's this. I want you
  to leave Valentine
        alone."

113
"Oh! You want me to 
 give you back what 
 you couldn't keep!"

114
  "I'm desperate!
I love him - you don't
         and he doesn't
        really love you."

115
"He's too old for 
      you."

116
 "He isn't too old 
for me --

      but you're too old 
     for him."

117
 "I want him --
and I shall keep him."

118
"Does any member of 
 the jury wish to ask 
     a question?"

119
 "I saw Mr Wilmot 
arrive. Then I went home.
      What happened 
 afterwards I don't know."

120
"When I came back in 
 the morning, I found 
      her dead."

121
"Was she in the habit 
  of receiving men 
 visitors at night?"

122
 "Never! Never!
This was the first time,
                I swear it."

123
"Then do you suggest 
 that it was Mr Wilmot 
         who -"

124
 "Shosho - she 
wanted Mr Wilmot to
give up the white woman.

            They had a big 
           quarrel about it."

125
 "I told her
Mr Wilmot would soon 
tire of a Chinese girl."

126
"Mr Wilmot, in view of
 what we have heard,
 you need not give evi-
 dence unless you desire 
       to do so."

127
"Yes, it is mine."

128
"What happened be-
 tween you and the 
 deceased in her 
 rooms that night?"

129
"I must refuse to 
     answer."

130
 "Gentlemen, there 
seems to be no further 
evidence.
       You may now 
   consider your verdict."

131
"Not 'till you've heard 
           me!"

132
"Do you know anything 
 about this revolver?"

133
"I - I took it from Mr
 Wilmot's desk that 
 evening, and I fol-
 lowed them to Lime-
       house."

134
"I waited outside, and
 after he'd gone, I
 saw her and asked
 her to give him up
  - She refused."

135
"- I opened my bag to 
 get a handkerchief and 
 then Shosho saw the 
      revolver."

136
"She took down a 
 dagger that was 
  hung on the 
     wall -"

137
"- When she came at 
 me, I pulled out the 
     revolver -"

138
"- I suppose I 
   fainted."

139
"I remember nothing 
 more until I found 
 myself running down 
    the street."

140
"You forced yourself 
 into the deceased's 
 flat in the middle of 
     the night?"

141
"No-one saw you enter 
 or leave, I suppose?"

142
"Yes - Jim let me 
       in."

143
 "This is a serious 
development. Where is 
the Chinese boy? Either 
he or this witness is
committing perjury.
           Recall him."

144
 "The Chinese boy has 
shot himself.
      He's lying beside the 
     girl in the mortuary."

145
 "We belonged to 
each other.
 I'll tell you everything."

146
 "Let me tell 
you the truth --
           I'm dying."

147
"Great --
   I've won a fiver
   on the three-thirty
   race!"

148
     "PICCADILLY"

       THE END

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