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The Threepenny Opera
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Empty. We can hold the wedding here nice and peaceful
But... its a warehouse
Polly rest for a moment. On this day in this warehouse, is a bout to take place my marriage to Miss Polly Peachum who has sworn to be mine for the rest of her life
But you can't be thinking of having our wedding here! It's a warehouse. Mackie, we shouldn't be starting our new life together with a house breaking! This is supposed to be the most beautiful day of all!
Polly I think there's a moon over Dock Street. Come look.
Wish you the best of luck! This piano dear lady belonged half an hour ago to the Duchess of Bucclough.
All those poor people because of some furniture
Mack I am so unhappy. I hope at least the minister doesn't come.
Who's calling her dearest Polly around here? Maybe you slept with her too?
Polly, as the bride, what do you think?
I guess it could be a lot worse.
May I remind you this is not the wedding of just anybody. And, Polly, might I ask you to preside over the refreshments.
Is it all stolen goods, Mackie?
I'm wondering what you would do if there was a knock on the door and the Police Commissioner walked in?
Polly if you please.
Oh, Mr. Matt, my first champagne.
Knock it off. Tell your dirty jokes to your girl kitty. She's the right bitch for them
Mackie, don't be common.
What's more I never tell dirty jokes when Kitty's around, I respect her too much. A thing you will never understand, being built the way you are. You should mention dirty jokes! Lucy told me the one you told her. Me, I'm elegant compared to that.
A fine wedding, what, Polly? Putting up with these sewer rats on your wedding day.
I think it's a sweet wedding.
There you are.
Oh a wedding present. That's very kind of you, Mr. Matthew. Look Mackie, a lovely night gown.
All right I didn't mean to lose my temper on this Solemn day.
I have no words. Your kindness overwhelms me.
Of course I forgot to bring you anything.
Mr. Jake, Mr. cookfinger jake, so please forget it.
Must I think of everything myself? I'm not asking for Grand opera but something besides stuffing your face and telling dirty jokes might have been arranged.
Mackie, the pilchards are wonderful.
Oh yes ma'am I've always said Mack is the type for a girl with higher feelings. That's what I told Lucy yesterday.
Lucy? Who's Lucy, Mackie?
Now I don't want you to get the wrong ideas about Lucy.
You want something Mr. Walt? Some salt? ... what were you saying, Mr. Jake?
Nothing, nothing at all. I'd better get out of here.
Well, gentlemen, if no one else will sing, then I'll do a little something myself. I'll imitate a girl I once saw. She was barmaid and scrubwoman at a pub on Dock Street, and they all laughed at her. And then one day she spoke up to the customers. Now, you say "when's your ship coming in Jenny?"
When's your ship coming in Jenny
And you maybe, are you still scrubbing the floors Jenny the pirates sweetheart?
Are you still scrubbing the floors Jenny the pirates sweetheart.
Right, and now I start. Oh... you realize I've never been there personally. It's just a song.
Well indeed here I find you a sordid little hovel it is but ones own
How do you do Reverend. Oh it makes me so happy to see a minister on the most beautiful day of my life...
I'm very happy to make the acquaintance of the bride of my old friend Mackie.
Not at all, sir.
The very best of luck to you ma'am.
Oh the poor woman, how she takes t to heart- and that's the last consolation left her.
Mama needs at least two glasses when she's like this. Here this'll put you on your feet.
Listen to the false sympathy.
Think about him for a minute, please. He is a first class house-breaker; he is an experienced second-story man. He's saved money; I know how much; I could even name you the exact figure. A few more operations and we can retire to a little place in the country.
Oh you can? What about us? So you get married eh? So what do you do? You can get a divorce! Is that so hard to accomplish?
I don't know what you're saying
He's saying divorce
But I love him. Why should I get a divorce?
Have you no shame?
Mama, were you ever in love?
In love? It's those Threepenny books you've been reading. That's where you get that nonsense. Polly everyone gets a divorce.
Then I'll be the exception.
I'll tan your bottom, you exception.
It won't work. Love is rosier than a tanned bottom.
One more remark and you'll get the back of my hand.
Love is the greatest thing in the world.
Idiots all of them.
My dear Mama, you can save yourself the trouble of going all the way out to Wapping. Before my Mack would deign to consort with such females, he'd even go to jail. And if he went to jail, the Commissioner of Police himself would offer him a brandy and over cigars they would discuss a certain ship in this street where things are not quite what they seem either. Because, dear Mama- the commissioner of police enjoyed himself hugely at my wedding.
Oh he did, did he.
Sipped a brandy together, patted each other's cheeks and said: "if you'll have another I'll have another." And when one of them departed the others eyes filled up with tears and he said, "anywhere you go, I will go with you." There's not a thing in the records against Mackie.
Leave it to me.
As for me, Papa, I shall be very pleased to greet Mr. Brown again.
Act two. Scene one.
Mackie! Are you there, Mackie? Don't be afraid, it's only me.
What is it Polly? Why do you look like that?
I've just been to see Brown, my father was there, too- they've arranged to have you caught. My father threatened something terrible, and Brown tried to protect you but then he gave in, and now he thinks you ought to disappear for a little while, Mackie. You've got to start packing right away.
Packing? Ridiculous. Come here Polly. Let's you and me do something that's got nothing to do with packing.
Not now Mack. I'm so nervous. All their talk was about hanging.
I don't like it when you frown. There's nothing in the records against me.
Maybe not yesterday. But today suddenly there's an awful lot. It says here you- I've brought the list with me. It's such a long list, I don't think I'll ever get through it, it's got no end. You went and killed two shopkeepers; there's over thirty burglaries, twenty-three street robberies, there's arson, attempted murders, perjuries, forgeries- all in six months. You're a terrible man.
What about Brown? What did he say?
He followed me in the hall, and said he couldn't do anything for you. Oh Mackie!
Well, if I must make a run for it you'll have to take over the business.
Oh don't talk about business now, I can't bear it, kiss your poor Polly and promise you will never, never-
...Walt Dreary, unbelievable rat; three weeks' grace then out. You simply give his name to Brown.
I simply give his name to Brown
Ready money Matt, makes good money but fresh. Steals the bedclothes from under the best society ladies. Give him a raise.
Give him a raise.
Bob the saw, very petty pickpocket, not a sign of talent.
Not a sign of talent.
Aside from them, keep everything as it was, get up early, wash your face, fix yourself up, and so on.
Oh you're right; I must get myself in hand, and take hold of the business. Oh, Mackie, I can't bear any more. I keep looking at your mouth, and I don't even know what you're saying. Will you be true to me Mack?
Certainly I'll be true to you.
I'm so grateful to you for everything, Mackie. You'll be thinking of me, won't you, when they're after you with the bloodhounds?
Gentlemen, I'm glad to see you.
How are you, gentlemen?
I'm giving over the management of the business to my wife, Polly!
Well boys, I guess our captain can go away with an easy mind, we'll tidy up this job- and in fine style too. What do you say boys?
How about that Polly?
Why you little pig-runt. You start us off fine. You'd better have nothing personal against me, or these lads here would rip the pants off you and slap the livin'
Am I right men?
Accounts every Friday ma'am?
Every Friday it is, men.
That's most important, Polly.
And you, Mackie, swear to me you won't look at another woman. That you'll leave town immediately. It's most important too, Mack.
When it gets dark before you can see the moon from your window, I'll be far out in Highgate.
Don't tear the heart out of me, Mack. Stay with me, let's be happy for a little while.
I'm going, and no one knows when I'm coming back.
It lasted so short a time Mack.
I swear I'll never forget you. Kiss me Polly.
And now it's you can tell me, sorry.
Where is he? Oh Mackie, you're here Don't look the other way, there's nothing to be ashamed of. I'm your wife.
Oh you master, you brute.
You were supposed to escape to the Moor! You promised you wouldn't go near those women again! I knew what would happen, but I kept quiet because I believed in you.
Mackie, if my father ever found out about you and me.
Mackie, I'll stick by you. Life or death.... no word Mackie, no look? Mackie! Your Polly! Look how she's suffering!
Oh the hussy.
Who is she?
Will you please tell her who I am?
Yes I'd think you'd better.
Tell her I'm your wife.
Am I your wife or not? Look at me! I am your wife.
You double dealing liar. So you have two wives you pimp.
Tell her Mackie, tell her. Tell her what I gave you! I was pure and untouched when I married, you know that, And you handed me the management of the business and I was supposed to tell Jake-
Really, Polly, there's a time for everything.
You can say that to my face?
Make your respectable mother drag you out of jail, will you? And look, he has two of them with him, Bluebeard!
Mama, let me be, you don't know-
All right, I will. Only first... first I must tell him something... really... truly... it's serious.
This is serious too. Out.
That's a beautiful dress you're wearing.
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