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STEPHEN. I don’t know. SHANK (suspicious). You’ve not been hanging about with girls? STEPHEN. No. I’ve been like this as long as I can remember. I’m just a little surprised that I’m too girlish even to play the part of a fairy. I thought the Fairy was a girl. SHANK. That’s irrelevant. Cast it out of your mind completely. I had a line of dialogue once that says it all. ’ He didn’t say ‘girl’ my greatness. If ‘girl’ was what he meant he would have written it. He meant a boy, a sound, intelligent boy who speaks up loud and clear and picks his cues up.
And the Princess of Castile. ) No sign of the Queen of Spain? I thought her coronation-speech especially fine today. SHANK looks vaguely around for signs of the Queen of Spain. Then I must nurse my disappointment. ) Here is a penny for each of you. He gives them each a penny. TRIGG. Thank you, sir. ALEX. Thank you very much, sir. TRIGG. May I ask you a question? SHANK. Keep it short. TRIGG. Do you remember my line, ‘Madam, I trust that fair gallant as far as I could throw this saucepan’? BLAGRAVE.
I think we’ve hooked him. Rare occasion. ) What will it be? JHON. Oh, anything, mate. You cue me in. SHANK. . . ’ JHON. Yes, I’ve got it. On you go. SHANK. . ) I’m a Mongol warrior. JHON. Get on with it. SHANK. ’ JHON replies. Through his dried-up voice and archaic style, something thrilling and beautiful can be glimpsed. Slow pace. JHON. ‘As looks the sun through Nilus’ flowing stream, Or when the morning holds him in her arms, So looks my lordly love, fair Tamburlaine; His talk much sweeter than the Muses’ song, They sang for honour ’gainst Pierides, Or when Minerva did with Neptune strive For who was most mellifluous in their sound.