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Maggie could you guarantee a man for each of us jack

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MAGGIE : Could you guarantee a man for each of us?
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JACK : I couldn't promise four men but I should be able to get one husband for all of you. MAGGIE : Would we settle for that? CHRIS : One between the four of us? JACK : That's our system and it works very well. One of you would be his principal wife and live with him in his largest hut - MAGGIE : That'd be you, Kate. KATE : Stop that, Maggie! JACK : And the other three of you he'd keep in his enclosure. It would be like living on the same small farm. MAGGIE : Snug enough, girls, isn't it? ( To JACK ) And what would be - what sort of duties would we have? JACK : Cooking, sewing, helping with the crops, washing - the usual housekeeping tasks. MAGGIE : Sure that's what we do anyway. JACK : And looking after his children. MAGGIE : That he'd have by Kate. KATE : Maggie! JACK : By all four of you! And what's so efficient about that system is that the husband and his wives and his children make up a small commune where everybody helps everybody else and cares for them. I'm completely in favour of it. KATE : It may be efficient and you may be in favour of it, Jack, but I don't think it's what Pope Pius XI considers to be the holy sacrament of matrimony. And it might be better for you if you paid just a bit more attention to our Holy Father and a bit less to the Great Goddess... Aggie. (Music of 'Anything Goes' very softly on the radio.) CHRIS : Listen. MAGGIE : And they have hens there, too, Jack? JACK : We're overrun with hens. MAGGIE : Don't dismiss it, girls. It has its points. Would you be game, Kate? KATE : Would you give my head peace, Maggie. CHRIS : Gerry has it going! MAGGIE : Tell me this, Jack: what's the Swahili for 'tchook- tchook-tchook-tchook-tchook'? JACK : You'd love the climate, too, Kate. KATE : I'm not listening to a word you're saying.
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( GERRY runs on.) GERRY : Well? Any good? CHRIS : Listen. GERRY : Aha. Leave it to the expert. JACK : I have something for you, Gerry. GERRY : What's that? JACK : The plumed hat - the ceremonial hat - remember? We agreed to swap. With you in a second. (He goes to his bedroom.) MAGGIE : Good work, Gerry. GERRY : Thought it might be the aerial. That's the end of your troubles. (Listens. Sings a line of the song.) Dance with me, Agnes. AGNES : Have a bit of sense, Gerry Evans. GERRY : Dance with me. Please. Come on. MAGGIE : Dance with him, Aggie. GERRY : (Sings:) 'In olden times a glimpse of stocking Was looked on as something shocking -' Give me your hand. MAGGIE : Go on, Aggie. AGNES : Who wants to dance at this time of- ( GERRY pulls her to her feet and takes her in his arms.) GERRY : (Sings:) '... anything goes. Good authors, too, who once knew better words Now only use four-letter words Writing prose, Anything goes...' (Bring up the sound. With style and with easy elegance they dance once around the kitchen and then out to the garden- GERRY singing the words directly to her face:) If driving fast cars you like, If low bars you like, If old hymns you like, If bare limbs you like, If Mae West you like, Or me undressed you like, Why, nobody will oppose.
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