Excerpt: ...said Reeser, "this is no time for fireworks. Who in the devil is to take her place?" "Zere is none," wailed Pulatki. "She make her own part. I cannot teach it." "It's not the part that bothers me," said Reeser. "It's the costume. We've got to take whoever will fit it. Who's the smallest girl in the chorus?" The eyes of the two men ...Read MoreExcerpt: ...said Reeser, "this is no time for fireworks. Who in the devil is to take her place?" "Zere is none," wailed Pulatki. "She make her own part. I cannot teach it." "It's not the part that bothers me," said Reeser. "It's the costume. We've got to take whoever will fit it. Who's the smallest girl in the chorus?" The eyes of the two men swept the double column of girls until they rested on the one head that, despite its high coiffure, failed to achieve the average height. "Come here!" called Reeser to Nance. "But, no!" protested the director, throwing up his hands. "She is impossible. A cork on ze water! A leaf in ze wind! I cannot teach her. I vill not try!" "It's too late to get anybody else for to-night," said Reeser, impatiently. "Let her walk through the part, and we'll see what can be done in the morning." Then seeing Nance's indignant eyes on the director, he added with a comical twist of his big mouth, "Want to be a bear?" "Sure!" said Nance, with spirit, "if the Dago can't teach me to dance, maybe he can teach me to growl." The joke was lost upon the director, but it put Reeser into such a good humor that he sent her down to the dressing-room to try on the costume. Ten minutes later, a little bear, awkward but ecstatic, scrambled madly up the steps, and an excited voice called out: "Look, Mr. Reeser, it fits! it fits!" For the rest of the morning Nance practised her part, getting used to the clumsy suit of fur, learning to adjust her mask so that she could see through the little, round, animal eyes, and keeping the other girls in a titter of amusement over her surreptitious imitation of the irascible Pulatki. When the rehearsal was over there was much good-natured hustling and raillery as the girls changed into their street costumes. At Birdie's invitation Nance went with her to the rooming-house around the corner, where you had to ring a bell to get in, a convention which in itself spelt elegance, and up one flight, two flights, three flights...Read Less
New. This item is printed on demand. Alice Hegan Rice (1870-1942) was an American novelist. Born in Shelbyville, Kentucky, she wrote over two dozen books, the most famous of which is Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch. The book was a best seller in 1902 and was.
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