Great Expectations Audition Sides 9
UIDE. This is your first time in London?
GUIDE. What do you think of it?
PIP. It's so dirty.
PAPER BOY (crossing stage). Paper! Paper! Get your paper! Three murders this afternoon, more expected this evening!
GUIDE. You can get cheated in London, robbed and murdered in London. But there are plenty of people who'll do that anywhere for you.
PIP. If there's bad blood between you and them.
BEGGAR (crossing stage, nearly knocking into PIP). Alms! Alms for the poor!
GUIDE. Oh, I don't know about bad blood. They'll do it if there's anything to be got by it.
(Meanwhile a PICKPOCKET enters and tries to get into PIP's pocket.)
PIP. That makes it worse.
GUIDE. You think so? Much about the same, I should say. (To the PICKPOCKET.) Leave him alone!
PIP. What's that over there?
(He is looking towards a large noose.)
GUIDE. That? That's the gallows by the law courts. If you go there at eight o'clock tomorrow morning, you'll see a hanging for sure. Here we are. This is where Mr. Herbert Pocket lives.
PIP. Thank you.
(He gives him some money.)
GUIDE. Thank you, sir.
(The GUIDE exits.)