Excerpt from Queerville's Quaint Quartette: A Musical Sketch in One Act
Scene. - The exterior of Mose's house. (May be interior if preferred.) Quartette song begins before raising of curtain.
(Curtain discloses Mose Baker at chopping-block, C., Slim Fowler seated on stump, R., Top Shampine on stump, L., Spike Williams at sawbuck up R. Slim is trying to put on a sock that is much too small for him.)
Mose. Slim, you appears to be havin' a hard time.
Slim (tugging at the sock). Doggone dis yere ole sock - she won't stretch a bit.
Spike (coming down R. to him). Why fo' you don't buy good socks? Dis yere cheap kind's no good.
Slim. If she'd only stretch - (Pulls at sock.)
Mose (going R. to Slim). Now see heah, dis is gone far enough. Put on dat sock.
Slim. I can't. She won't stretch.
Mose. Spike, lend a hand heah.
(Spike and Mose each put one hand on Slim's shoulder and seize the top of the sock with the other.)
Slim. Here, what you doin'?
Mose. Dis sock's goin' on. Ready. One, two, heave!
(Mose and Spike pull, and the sock slips over Slim's foot and half-way up the calf of his leg.)
Slim (excited). Now look what you done - now look what you done! Dat sock ain't wuth nothin'.
Mose. Ain't I done tole you so?
(Goes back to chopping-block, C. Spike goes back to sawbuck, up R., laughing. Slim pulls off sock and puts on a larger one.)
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