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II. A GAME OF CHESS
The Chair she sat in, like a burnished throne,
|-1||Glowed on the marble, where the glass||0||Held up by standards wrought with fruited vines||1||From which a golden Cupidon peeped out||2||(Another hid his eyes behind his wing)||3||Doubled the flames of sevenbranched candelabra||4||Reflecting light upon the table as||5||The glitter of her jewels rose to meet it,||6||From satin cases poured in rich profusion;||7||In vials of ivory and coloured glass||8||Unstoppered, lurked her strange synthetic perfumes,||9||Unguent, powdered, or liquid - troubled, confused||10||And drowned the sense in odours; stirred by the air||11||That freshened from the window, these ascended||12||In fattening the prolonged candle-flames,||13||Flung their smoke into the laquearia,||14||Stirring the pattern on the coffered ceiling.||15||Huge sea-wood fed with copper||16||Burned green and orange, framed by the coloured stone,||17||In which sad light a carved dolphin swam.||18||Above the antique mantel was displayed||19||As though a window gave upon the sylvan scene||20||The change of Philomel, by the barbarous king||21||So rudely forced; yet there the nightingale ||22||Filled all the desert with inviolable voice||23||And still she cried, and still the world pursues,||24||"Jug Jug" to dirty ears.||25||And other withered stumps of time||26||Were told upon the walls; staring forms||27||Leaned out, leaning, hushing the room enclosed.||28||Footsteps shuffled on the stair.||29||Under the firelight, under the brush, her hair||30||Spread out in fiery points||31||Glowed into words, then would be savagely still.
"My nerves are bad to-night. Yes, bad. Stay with me.
|33||"Speak to me. Why do you never speak. Speak.||34||"What are you thinking of? What thinking? What?||35||"I never know what you are thinking. Think."
I think we are in rats' alley
|37||Where the dead men lost their bones.
"What is that noise?"
|39|| The wind under the door.||40||"What is that noise now? What is the wind doing?"||41|| Nothing again nothing. ||42|| "Do||43||"You know nothing? Do you see nothing? Do you remember||44||"Nothing?"
|46||Those are pearls that were his eyes.||47||"Are you alive, or not? Is there nothing in your head?"||48|| But||49||O O O O that Shakespeherian Rag -||50||It's so elegant||51||So intelligent||52||"What shall I do now? What shall I do?"||53||I shall rush out as I am, and walk the street||54||"With my hair down, so. What shall we do to-morrow?||55||"What shall we ever do?"||56|| The hot water at ten.||57||And if it rains, a closed car at four.||58||And we shall play a game of chess,||59||Pressing lidless eyes and waiting for a knock upon the door.
When Lil's husband got demobbed, I said -
|61||I didn't mince my words, I said to her myself,||62||HURRY UP PLEASE ITS TIME||63||Now Albert's coming back, make yourself a bit smart.||64||He'll want to know what you done with that money he gave you||65||To get yourself some teeth. He did, I was there.||66||You have them all out, Lil, and get a nice set,||67||He said, I swear, I can't bear to look at you.||68||And no more can't I, I said, and think of poor Albert,||69||He's been in the army four years, he wants a good time,||70||And if you don't give it him, there's others will, I said.||71||Oh is there, she said. Something o' that, I said.||72||Then I'll know who to thank, she said, and give me a straight||73|| look.||74||HURRY UP PLEASE ITS TIME||75||If you don't like it you can get on with it, I said.||76||Others can pick and choose if you can't.||77||But if Albert makes off, it won't be for lack of telling.||78||You ought to be ashamed, I said, to look so antique.||79||(And her only thirty-one.)||80||I can't help it, she said, pulling a long face,||81||It's them pills I took, to bring it off, she said.||82||(She's had five already, and nearly died of young George.)||83||The chemist said it would be alright, but I've never been the||84|| same.||85||You are a proper fool, I said.||86||Well, if Albert won't leave you alone, there it is, I said,||87||What you get married for if you don't want children?||88||HURRY UP PLEASE ITS TIME||89||Well, that Sunday Albert was home, they had a hot gammon,||90||And they asked me in to dinner, to get the beauty of it hot -||91||HURRY UP PLEASE ITS TIME||92||HURRY UP PLEASE ITS TIME||93||Goonight Bill. Goonight Lou. Goonight May. Goonight.||94||Ta ta. Goonight. Goonight.||95||Good night, ladies, good night, sweet ladies, good night, good||96|| night.
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