A Careful Arrangement of Dictation

In this drama monologue, Paine confronts the Lord Chamberlain about reconsidering the license for his play.

Paine: Good sir, clearly, there must be something you can do.  (he smiles)  I am most willing to make whichever adjustments you bestow upon my head. Surely, we can work out an agreement of some kind.

Please, sir…I’ll have you know that my construction has been the effort of two years time. I acknowledge the fact time musn’t play a role in your censorship duties and I most certainly did not come all this way to plead with you by convincing you of my work ethics…I believe, I came here in order to meet the eyes of the man whom denies me my liberty and to ask or at least make a diligent attempt at saving my play’s fate.

That’s not to say I am making any false accusations of your account. Not I, not I.  I would never try to tell one, especially the Lord Chamberlain how to do your duty.  Not I, not I.  My presence is only that of which resembles a most pleasant request.

I believe what I am trying to say, without making any further mockery of myself…would you kindly reconsider my license?

If you can provide for me notes…a careful arrangement of dictation for alterations or perhaps elements you desire completely ruled out…I will most humbly oblige.

Do you think this a possibility, good sir?

Joseph Arnone


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