The Proposal

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This play is also known as A Marriage Proposal. Material by kind permission of the XII Book Club. For further information and permission to quote this source, contact the Reading Experience Database (http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/contacts.php).

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Smith, Howard
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nourished but hypochondriacal suitor for the daughters hand in marriage, all 
displayed great histrionic ability. The author calls his play ‘A jest’ and it certainly 
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few rather simple words soon reduced us to a state of helpless laughter, and the 
fervour of his prayer “Good Lord: what it is to have a grown up daughter” brought 
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7. The second play was “The Workhouse Ward” by Lady Gregory and no doubt a 
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This play is also known as A Marriage Proposal. Material by kind permission of the XII Book Club. For further information and permission to quote this source, contact the Reading Experience Database (http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/contacts.php).

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	H. R. Smith in the chair&lt;br/&gt;

[...]&lt;br/&gt;

3. The minutes of the last meeting were read and signed..&lt;br/&gt;

[...]&lt;br/&gt;

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was chosen no doubt in tribute to our gallant allies. Howard Smith as a Russian 
landowner Muriel Stevens as his daughter and Arnold Joselin as a healthy, well-
nourished but hypochondriacal suitor for the daughters hand in marriage, all 
displayed great histrionic ability. The author calls his play ‘A jest’ and it certainly 
was very funny. Howard Smith’s part was largely “and so on’ alternating with ‘and 
all the rest of it’ but the infinite variety of expression he managed to put into these 
few rather simple words soon reduced us to a state of helpless laughter, and the 
fervour of his prayer “Good Lord: what it is to have a grown up daughter” brought 
down the house.&lt;br/&gt;

7. The second play was “The Workhouse Ward” by Lady Gregory and no doubt a 
student of national character could draw many conclusions from the difference 
between the Irish and the Russian sense of humour as revealed in these two plays. 
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was also very amusing &amp; well read by F. E. Pollard &amp; A. B. Dilks as the two 
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[...]&lt;br/&gt;
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