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The Regent By Arnold Bennett Characters: 1624

Updated: 2017-11-30 00:04

Early on the same afternoon Edward Henry managed by a somewhat excessive obstreperousness to penetrate once more into the private [177] room of Mr. Slosson, senior, who received him in silence.

He passed a document to Mr. Slosson.

"It's only a copy," he said. "But the original is in my pocket, and to-morrow it will be duly stamped. I'll give you the original in exchange for the stamped lease of my Piccadilly Circus plot of land. You know the money is waiting."

Mr. Slosson perused the document; and it was certainly to his credit that he did so without any superficial symptoms of dismay.

"What will Mr. Wrissell and the Woldo family say about that, do you think?" asked Edward Henry.

"Lady Woldo will never be allowed to carry it out," said Mr. Slosson.

"Who's going to stop her? She must

carry it out. She wants to carry it out. She's dying to carry it out. Moreover, I shall communicate it to the papers to-night-unless you and I come to an arrangement. And if by any chance she doesn't carry it out-well, there'll be a fine society action about it, you can bet your boots, Mr. Slosson."

The document was a contract made between Blanche Lady Woldo of the one part and Edward Henry Machin of the other part, whereby Blanche Lady Woldo undertook to appear in musical comedy at any West End Theatre to be named by Edward Henry, at a salary of two hundred pounds a week for a period of six months.

"You've not got a theatre," said Mr. Slosson.

"I can get half a dozen in an hour-with that contract in my hand," said Edward Henry.

And he knew from Mr. Slosson's face that he had won.


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