‘The Benefit of the Doubt’ by Arthur Wing Pinero

The plot resolves around a young woman being cited in court as “The Other Woman” in a divorce case, and how her family reacts to it. Says her uncle: “I shall go out; people shall see me walking boldly through the streets: Portland Place—Regent Street—Fletcher Portwood, with his head up—his head up, they’ll say. I shall not turn my back on you, my poor little girl; don’t be frightened of that. You were always my favourite niece— I shall dine at the House, and then sup at the club. All London shall see me. “Look at Portwood!” everybody will say. “Then there can’t be the slightest foundation for this scandal about his niece——!”

I play Mrs. Emptage, a widow and one of the lead roles.

The Benefit of the Doubt by Arthur Wing Pinero

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