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A Boy's head appears above the level of the window−sill, as if beheaded and fastened there. BOY'S VOICE. [In a forceful whisper] Johnny Builder! BUILDER stirs uneasily. The Boy's head vanishes. BUILDER, raising his other hand, makes a sweep before his face, as if to brush away a mosquito. He wakes. Takes in remembrance, and sits a moment staring gloomily before him. The door from the hall is opened and TOPPING comes in with a long envelope in his hand. TOPPING. [Approaching] From the "Comet," sir.

BOY'S VOICE. [Sotto] Johnny Builder! As BUILDER turns sharply, it vanishes. 'Oo beat 'is wife? BUILDER rushes to the window. A Family Man 50/58 A Family Man BOY'S VOICE. [More distant and a little tentative] Johnny Builder! BUILDER. You little devil! If I catch you, I'll wring your blasted little neck! BOY'S VOICE. [A little distant] 'Oo blacked the copper's eye? BUILDER, in an ungovernable passion, seizes a small flower−pot from the sill and dings it with all his force. The sound of a crash. BOY'S VOICE.

JOURNALIST. Excellent, Sir; excellent! BUILDER. Excellent? It's damnable. Here am I−−a man who's always tried to do his duty in private life and public−−brought up before the Bench−− my God! because I was doing that duty; with a little too much zeal, perhaps−−I'm not an angel! JOURNALIST. No! No! of course. BUILDER. A proper Englishman never is. But there are no proper Englishmen nowadays. He crosses the room in his fervour. RALPH. [Suddenly] As I look at faces−− BUILDER. [Absorbed] What! I told this young man I wasn't an angel.

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