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: Money. I hate, loathe, despise and abominate money. Mr. Alonzo Smith
: You also spend it.
Mrs. Anna Smith
: Rose, Esther, the water's hot. We're eating early tonight, so if you're going to wash your hair, you better do it now. Rose Smith
: All right, Mama. Es, why are we eating early? Esther Smith
: Well, you certainly don't want the whole family sitting there drinking in every word while a man proposes to you long-distance. Rose Smith
: Proposes? I don't see why you think Warren's going to propose to me. Esther Smith
: Well, why else would he be calling you long-distance? Do you know what it costs? Rose Smith
: I'm not even sure I'll be in. My dear, when you get to be my age, you'll find there are more important things in life than boys!
: I can't get hungry till it gets dark. Katie the Maid
: Dinner's at five-thirty. You can eat blind-folded! Mrs. Anna Smith
: We have to be out of the dining room by six-thirty. Warren Sheffield is telephoning Rose from New York. And Rose, if I were you, I wouldn't committ myself one way or another. After all... Rose Smith
: Mama, for goodness sakes! Mrs. Anna Smith
: After all, we know very little about him. Why, we haven't even met his folks. Rose Smith
: It seems to me that one little phone call is causing an awful lot of excitement in this family! Mrs. Anna Smith
: Besides, you're entirely too young and I don't think your father will allow it. Katie the Maid
: Mrs. Smith, if I'm going to keep lying to your daughters, I'll have to ask for more money. Mrs. Anna Smith
: Now, remember, not a word of this to your papa. You know how he plagues the girls about their beaus. Agnes Smith
: Everybody knows but Papa? Grandpa
: Your papa's not supposed to know. It's enough we're letting him work hard every day to support the whole flock of us. He can't have everything.
, Esther Smith
] Meet me in St. Louie, Louie, meet me at... Mr. Alonzo Smith
: For heaven's sake, stop that screeching! Rose Smith
: We're sorry, Papa. Mr. Alonzo Smith
: The fair won't open for seven months, and that's all anybody ever sings about or talks about. I wish they would all meet at the fair and leave me alone.
: Rose, it's six-thirty and Warren hasn't called yet. 'Tootie' Smith
: Maybe he found another girl. Mrs. Anna Smith
: Quiet, you two. Rose Smith
: Mama, I assure you that I'm not the slightest bit sensitive about Warren Sheffield. Grandpa
: The queen has spoken. Alonzo 'Lon' Smith Jr.
: I suppose Warren's too young, too. Every fellow I introduce her to is too young. Mrs. Anna Smith
: Now, listen. Your papa will be down in a minute, and if we all eat quickly, we may still get out of here before the call comes through. Esther Smith
: Warren is twenty-one and I think that's a perfect age. Rose Smith
: He's practically a child. Mrs. Anna Smith
: Your father was twenty when we were married. Grandpa
: We gave him the bachelor dinner the night before. He almost missed the wedding!
: What did you say, Warren? Warren Sheffield
: Nothing. I was waiting for you to talk. Rose Smith
: Oh. Well, did you want to discuss anything in particular? Warren Sheffield
: What? Rose Smith
: I said, was there anything special you wanted to ask me? Warren Sheffield
: I can't hear you, Rose. Rose Smith
: That's funny. I can hear you plainly. Warren Sheffield
: Isn't this great? Here I am in New York and there you are in St. Louis and it's just like you're in the next room. Rose Smith
: What was that? Warren Sheffield
: I said, it's just like you're in the next room! Uh, Rose, I hope you don't misunderstand what I'm about to say. Rose Smith
: Yes? Warren Sheffield
: I don't think you better mention this call to anyone.
: I'm going to let John Truett kiss me tonight. Rose Smith
: Esther Smith. Esther Smith
: Well, if we're going to get married, I may as well start it. Rose Smith
: Nice girls don't let men kiss them until after they're engaged. Men don't want the bloom rubbed off. Esther Smith
: Personally, I think I have too much bloom. Maybe that's the trouble with me.
[talking on the telephone
] Warren Sheffield
: Isn't this great? Here I am in New York, and there you are in St. Louis, and it's just like you're in the next room! Rose Smith
: What was that? Warren Sheffield
] I said, IT'S JUST LIKE YOU'RE IN THE NEXT ROOM! Rose Smith
: [on the telephone with Rose
] Wait, Rose! We still have... 36 more seconds! Rose Smith
: I have an engagement. I think I can hear Joe's voice, now. Grandpa
: [lifts the tablecloth and looks under the table
] Good evening, Joe!
: Agnes Smith, you're nothing less than a murderer. You could have killed dozens of people! Agnes Smith
: Oh, Rose, you're so stuck up.
: Rose, what did you get me for Christmas? Rose Smith
: You'll find out tomorrow. Agnes Smith
: I hope it's a hunting knife!
: Thank you for dropping me off, Colonel Darly. Col. Darly
: It's my pleasure, Miss Smith. Rose Smith
: I'm sure the ice cream would have melted if it weren't for your thoughtfulness. Col. Darly
: Glad to be of service. Good night. Rose Smith
: Wouldn't you like to come in? There's plenty of ice cream, and I'm sure my folks would love to meet you. Col. Darly
: Thank you, Miss Smith, but some other time.
: Oh, Es, isn't he simply enchanting? And so mature! Esther Smith
: Well, how did it happen? Where did you meet? Rose Smith
: I was coming out of the shop and he was coming in. We bumped into each other! Esther Smith
: Accidentally? Rose Smith
: That doctor must be walking! Rose Smith
: Should I call Papa at his office? Mrs. Anna Smith
: Oh, heavens no, don't call your father! What could he do? There, there, Tootie, darling. 'Tootie' Smith
: He tried to kill me... Mrs. Anna Smith
: Now tell Mommy what happened. Esther Smith
: It was the streetcar. I think it hit her. Rose Smith
: It must have knocked her onto the sidewalk, didn't it, Tootie? 'Tootie' Smith
: No, it wasn't a streetcar. It was John Truett. He tried to kill me. Mrs. Anna Smith
: John Truett hit you? 'Tootie' Smith
: He tried to kill me, and when I screamed, he ran away. Esther Smith
: Tootie Smith, that's a monstrous falsehood. John Truett would never hit a girl, least of all my sister.
: I wanna sleep right here. Mrs. Anna Smith
: Of course you will, darling. 'Tootie' Smith
: And I wanna wear Esther's nightgown. Rose Smith
: I'll get it for you right now. Mrs. Anna Smith
: I hate to think about what your papa's going to do when he hears about all this. He may strike that Truett boy. Rose Smith
: I'll do that, Mama. Mrs. Anna Smith
: All right. And I'll get you some ice cream and cake, Tootie. 'Tootie' Smith
] Feed a cold, starve a fever. I was drunk last night, dear Mother, I was drunk the night before. But if you'll forgive me, Mother, I'll never get drunk anymore! Esther Smith
: I got him! He didn't even have a chance to scratch me. Rose Smith
: Why, your dress is torn. Esther Smith
: Oh, that must've happened while he was trying to hold me off. I bit him! 'Tootie' Smith
: [clapping her hands
] I bit him, too!
: Rose Smith, we can't go on like this any longer. I've positively decided we're going to get married at the earliest opportunity and I don't want to hear any arguments. That's final. I love you. Merry Christmas. Rose Smith
: Merry Christmas Mr. Alonzo Smith
: Anna, who is that boy? Mrs. Anna Smith
: Now Lonny he's a very fine young man. We'll talk about it later. Grandpa
: That young man is so excited he's liable to leave on his honeymoon without Rose.