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THE DYNASTS                    ACT i
PITT I am honoured by your Majesty's commands.
PITT looks resignedly out of the window. What curious structure do I see outside, sir ?
It's but a stage, a type of all the world. The burgesses have arranged it in my honour. At six: o'clock this evening there are to be combats at singlestick to amuse the folk ; four guineas the prize for the man who breaks most heads. Afterwards there is to be a grinning match through horse-collars—a very humorous sport which I must stay here and witness; for I am interested in whatever entertains my subjects.
PITT Not one in all the land but knows it, sir.
Now, Mr. Pitt, you must require repose ; Consult your own convenience then, I beg, On when you leave.
I thank your Majesty.
He departs as one whose purpose has failed; and the scene shuts.