Come. Name and address."
I have forgotten for the moment. Ah, yes! (He takes off his high grade hat, saluting.) Dr Bloom, Leopold, dental surgeon."
(A card falls from inside the leather headband of Bloom's hat.)"
(In red fez, cadi's dress coat with broad green sash, wearing a false badge of the Legion of Honour, picks up the card hastily and offers it.) Allow me."
(reads) Henry Flower. No fixed abode. Unlawfully watching and besetting.
An alibi. You are cautioned."
(Produces from his heartpocket a crumpled yellow flower.) This is the flower in question. It was given me by a man I don't know his name. (Plausibly.) You know that old joke, rose of Castile. Bloom. The change of name. Virag. (He murmurs privately and confidentially.) We are engaged you see, sergeant."
THE DARK MERCURY
The Castle is looking for him. He was drummed out of the army.
(thickveiled, a crimson halter round her neck, a copy of the rish Times in her hand, in tone of reproach, pointing)
Henry! Leopold! Lionel, thou lost one! Clear my name.
(sternly) Come to the station." (U15.748)
(Scared, hats himself, steps back, then, plucking at his heart and lifting his right forearm on the square, he gives the sign and dueguard of fellowcraft.) No, no, worshipful master, light of love. Mistaken identity. The Lyons mail."
(Sobbing behind her veil.) Breach of promise. My real name is Peggy Griffin. He wrote to me that he was miserable."
Gentleman of the jury, let me explain. A pure mare's nest. I am a man misunderstood. I am being made a scapegoat of. I am a respectable married man, without a stain on my character. I live in Eccles street."