NELL(without lowering her voice)
Nothing is funnier than unhappiness, I grant you that. But—
Yes, yes, it's the most comical thing in the world. And we laugh, we laugh, with a will, in the beginning. But it's always the same thing. Yes, it's like a funny story we have heard too often, we still find it funny, but we don't laugh any more. (1.194-196)
Things are livening up.
(He gets up on ladder, raises the telescope, lets it fall.)
I did it on purpose.
(He gets down, picks up the telescope, turns it on auditorium.)
I see…a multitude…in transports…of joy.
That's what I call a magnifier. (1.298)
CLOV(anguished, scratching himself)
I have a flea!
A flea! Are there still fleas?
On me there's one.
Unless it's a crablouse.
But humanity might start from there all over again! Catch him, for the love of God! I'll go and get the powder.
A flea! This is awful. What a day!
(Enter Clov with sprinkling-tin.)
I'm back again, with the insecticide.
Let him have it.
(Clov loosens the top of his trousers, pulls it forward and shakes powder into the aperture. He stoops, looks, waits, starts, frenziedly shakes more powder, stoops, looks, waits.) (1.346-353)