Excerpt from Signs and Wonders Though I tell Johnnie it's his own fault. He shouldn't have teased him. [Enter R.a few thousand savages -with flint weapons.] Second Man. Boys will be boys. Woman. Which is no reason, I say, that they shouldn't learn to behave themselves. First Man. Can't begin too soon, in my opinion. [Exeunt savages: enter the population of India.] Woman. He might have been killed if a man hadn't come up and pulled the dog oft him. A black man, he was, too. First Man. What? A Woman. Or a Turk, or something. I can't never see the difference. [With a shiver.] Ugh! I hate black men, somehow. The look of 'em gives me the shudders. Second Man [on a note of faint expostulation] My dear! First Man. I've heard others say the same thing. Woman. A pretty penny, Johnnie'll cost us, with the Doctor and all. [Enter two armies engaged in a Civil War] First Man [shaking his head, wisely] Ah! I daresay it will. Second Man. I don't know what we're coming to, what with wages and prices and Lord knows what all? First Man. No more do I. Why, only yesterday. [The rest of his sentence is drowned by the firing of a battery of heavy guns.] Woman. Oh! well, I suppose it'll all come right in time. [The Civil War moves off L. Signs of the approaching end of the -world become manifest.] First Man. We'll hope for the best, I'm sure. [The Hosts of Heaven appear in the sky.] Second Man [reflectively] On the whole, I should say that things looked a bit they did. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.