M. McHugh, New York
“If a girl’s apron takes fire in front it is a sign of marriage. Fire on the side or the back is a sign of misfortune”
A cottage. Girl stands in front of fire.
MOTHER You’re standing awful close there to the fire.
GIRL Am I? I’m not, surely.
GIRL moves closer to the fire.
MOTHER Ah you are now, you’ll catch fire altogether.
GIRL Sure, I won’t at all.
GIRL moves closer to fire again. Catches on fire.
GIRL Oh my apron’s on fire! It’s on fire!
MOTHER Jesus above, isn’t that a sign of marriage.
GIRL Tis! Tis! Indeed!
OLD AUNT IN THE CORNER Looks like your apron is on backwards.
GIRL Is it?
MOTHER Oh misfortunes, misfortunes! That’s a sign of misfortunes!
OLD AUNT IN THE CORNER Indeed! Sure you’re on fire!