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The ' Abb-ot Circle 19 2 7 QTfje Mentor Eettect BEFORE AND AFTER — A Play in Two Acts Dramatis Personae A Slim Miss A Buxom Lass Fairbanks Scales Scene: The Corrective Room containing a pair of Fairbanks Scales flanked by a chair and a full length mirror. Time: Any day at Abbot. Act I Two giggling girls heard outside. Scales Hello! I wonder who ' s coming now to get weighed. I ' ll be glad when sum- mer comes; then I ' ll get a good long rest. I ' m almost worn out now from being stepped on by all these heavy people. The Slim Miss and the Buxom Lass enter gayly. Slim Miss hastily steps on the scales, with coat and hat still on. Adjusts balance. Scales (Click, click!) What a relief! Would that all my young lady customers were as light and gentle as this one. Ah well, such is a scales ' life. Slim Miss (To Buxom Lass) : Oh, isn ' t this discouraging! I spent all last summer trying to gain ten pounds, and I ' ve lost five of them already. What will my family do? Steps slowly from the scales, and sits down on the chair, a very unhappy Miss. Buxom Lass with hat, coat, and shoes removed, steps clumsily onto the scales. Scales (Clank, clank;) Ouch, ouch, I wish I ' d never been born. Whew! Buxom Lass (To Slim Miss) Look! I ' ve lost a pound — just because I ' ve given up eating potatoes. Isn ' t that wonderful! I ' m never going to the Food Shop or the Manse again. I ' m determined to lose. It must be marvelous to be as thin as you. Slim Miss Oh no, it ' s not. You wouldn ' t like it because your family would always be complaining, and making you eat fattening things. I know, my family is always nagging at me. 57
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The Abbot Circle 19 2 7 Buxom Lass (Now in front of mirror viewing herself). Well, anyway, I ' m going to try to lose; then I ' ll see what they say. Scales I agree with you, Buxom Lass; it would be better all ' round for you to lose weight. The Slim Miss and the Buxom Lass go out, leaving the Scales to suffer in silence. ACT II Scene : The same. Time : Three iveeks later the same young ladies enter. Scales Good, here comes that cute young Miss again. She looks just about the same as she did three weeks ago. Slim Miss Daintily steps on the scales and weighs herself, and happily discovers that she ' s gained a pound and three -quarters. That ' s a bit better, but I have a long way to go yet. Scales But I hope you will always be as gentle. Buxom Lass Again with hat, coat, and shoes removed, and looking somewhat thinner, but who will always be awkward, jumps onto the scales. Quickly pushes the weight up the scales. Scales Oh dear, some people always rub me the wrong way. They are so annoying. Buxom Lass Tipping the scales at six pounds less than the time before. I knew I could lose. Oh, I ' m so thrilled! Jumps up and down on scales. Scales (Badly bruised and shaken up). Goodness, gracious me! Thank goodness she has lost a few pounds, at last, for if she weighed much more, I ' m sure she would have trampled me to pieces. Oh, we who suffer in silence! Nancy Kimball ' 27 58
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