English Teaching Theatre
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Speech Skills Acquisition Sketch 5 Gussett and Rose  

Rose Goodness me!
Gussett Well I never!
Rose Herbert Bishop!
Gussett Arthur Trigwell!
Rose No...Actually my names Harold Rose.
Gussett Im Albert Gussett, as a matter of fact.
Rose Albert Gussett. Of course.
Gussett And youre Harold Rose. Of course you are.
Rose Well I never!
Gussett Goodness me!
They hesitate for a moment.
Rose Well, how are you, then?
Gussett Fine, fine. Hows Alice?
Rose Alice?
Gussett Yes, Alice. Your wifes name's Alice, isn't it?
Rose No, no... Gloria, actually.
Gussett Oh, yes. Gloria Trigwell.
Rose Er... Rose.
Gussett Rose Trigwell?
Rose No. Gloria Rose.
Gussett Gloria Rose. Of course. How is she?
Rose Shes very well. Hows...er...
Gussett Doris?
Rose Yes, Doris, your wife. How is she?
Gussett Oh, she's very well
Rose Good, good.
Gussett - but she isnt my wife.
Rose No?
Gussett I'm not married.
Rose Oh.
Gussett Doris is my sister.
Rose Oh, yes.
They hesitate again for a moment.
Rose Well, it is a small world, isnt it, Herbert?
Gussett Albert.
Rose Albert, yes. It seems like yesterday
Gussett Yes, it certainly does...
Rose - when we were at that awful school together.
Gussett School?
Rose Yes. Doesnt time fly?
Gussett We werent at school together.
Rose Do you remember that awful English teacher with black teeth?
Gussett We werent at school together.
Rose Werent we?
Gussett No, we were in the Army together.
Rose We werent.
Gussett Werent we?
Rose I was in the Navy.
Gussett Oh.
They hesitate again for a moment.
Rose Er...Albert, I mean Herbert -
Gussett No, no, Alberts my name.
Rose Er, yes... Albert, how do we know each other?
Gussett I was just wondering about that myself, er...
Rose Harold.
Gussett Yes, Harold. Er...Are you an architect?
Rose Yes! Are you an architect?
Gussett No, I'm a taxi-driver.
Rose Oh.
They hesitate again.
Gussett Are you interested in boxing?
Rose No, not at all.
Gussett Ah.
Rose Do you go to the theatre?
Gussett I went once - about twenty years ago.
Rose I see.
Gussett Do you take your holidays in Brighton?
Rose No, never.
Gussett Mmm.
Rose Do you play golf?
Gussett No, I dont.
Rose Well, thats not it then.
They hesitate again.
Rose Do you know, Albert, I dont think weve met before.
Gussett No, youre right. We havent.
Rose Well, er...lm Harold Rose.
Gussett And I'm Albert Gussett.
Rose How do you do?
Gussett How do you do?
They shake hands.