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Maggie rose mundy wheres your modesty maggie now

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MAGGIE : Rose Mundy! Where's your modesty! ( MAGGIE now hitches her own skirt even higher than Rose's and does a similar shuffle.) Is that not more like it? 6
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ROSE : Good, Maggie - good - good! Look, Agnes, look! AGNES : A right pair of pagans, the two of you. ROSE : Turn on Marconi, Chrissie. CHRIS : I've told you a dozen times: the battery's dead. ROSE : It is not. It went for me a while ago. (She goes to the set and switches it on. There is a sudden, loud three-second blast of 'The British Grenadiers'.) You see! Takes aul Rosie! (She is about to launch into a dance -and the music suddenly dies.) CHRIS : Told you. ROSE : That aul set's useless. AGNES : Kate'll have a new battery back with her. CHRIS : If it's the battery that's wrong. ROSE : Is Abyssinia in Africa, Aggie? AGNES : Yes. ROSE : Is there a war there? AGNES : Yes. I've told you that. ROSE : But that's not where Father Jack was, is it? AGNES : ( Patiently ) Jack was in Uganda, Rosie. That's a different part of Africa. You know that. ROSE : ( Unhappily } Yes, I do... I do... I know that... ( MAGGIE catches her hand and sings softly into her ear to the same melody as the 'Abyssinia' song:) MAGGIE : 'Will you vote for De Valera, will you vote? If you don't, we'll be like Gandhi with his goat.' ( ROSE and MAGGIE now sing the next two lines together.) 'Uncle Bill from Baltinglass has a wireless up his— (They dance as they sing the final line of the song:) Will you vote for De Valera, will you vote?' MAGGIE : I'll tell you something, Rosie: the pair of us should be on the stage. ROSE : The pair of us should be on the stage, Aggie! (They return to their tasks. AGNES goes to the cupboard for wool. On her way back to her seat she looks out the window that looks on to the garden.) AGNES : What's that son of yours at out there? CHRIS : God knows. As long as he's quiet. AGNES : He's making something. Looks like a kite.
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(She taps on the window, calls 'Michael!' and blows a kiss to the imaginary child.) Oh, that was the wrong thing to do! He's going to have your hair, Chris. CHRIS : Mine's like a whin-bush. Will you wash it for me tonight, Maggie? MAGGIE : Are we all for a big dance somewhere? CHRIS : After I've put Michael to bed. What about then? MAGGIE : I'm your man. AGNES : ( At window ) Pity there aren't some boys about to play with. MAGGIE : Now you're talking. Couldn't we all do with that? AGNES : ( Leaving window ) Maggie! MAGGIE : Wouldn't it be just great if we had a - ( Breaks off.) Shhh. CHRIS : What is it? MAGGIE : Thought I heard Father Jack at the back door. I hope Kate remembers his quinine. AGNES : She'll remember. Kate forgets nothing. (Pause.) ROSE : There's going to be pictures in the hall next Saturday, Aggie. I think maybe I'll go. AGNES : ( Guarded ) Yes? ROSE : I might be meeting somebody there. AGNES : Who's that? ROSE : I'm not saying. CHRIS : Do we know him? ROSE : I'm not saying. AGNES : You'll enjoy that, Rosie. You loved the last picture we saw.
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  • Fall '11
  • Kerins
  • Ode, 2007 singles, 2005 singles, 2008 singles, 2004 singles, UK Singles Chart number-one singles, KATE MAGGIE ROSE

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