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​The Document

This song is by Andrew Lloyd Webber and appears on the album The Woman in White (2004).

Laura:
You wanted me?

Percival:
I have a document for you to sign.

Laura:
A document?

Percival:
Sit here - use my pen.

Laura:
A document? What kind of document?

Percival:
Just sign it here, and here, and we'll be done.

Laura:
Now?

Percival:
It's a formality. Sign your name, Lady Glyde. Here on the line.

Laura:
What are you asking me to sign?

Fosco:
Percival - you said you needed me. I'm at your service. Ah, bonjourno, ladies. I trust you slept well?

Percival:
I need a witness to Laura's signature.

Laura:
Again, what is this document?

Percival:
Sign your name Lady Glyde.

Marian:
Sir, she has a right to know.

Percival:
It pertains, Miss Halcombe, to a man and his wife!

Laura:
Then let me read it first. That isn't asking much.

Percival:
Sign, I have a carriage waiting.

Marian:
Do you know what's in these papers?

Fosco:
I'm as ignorant as you and Lady Glyde.

Percival:
Sign!

Laura:
But I cannot sign what I haven't read!

Percival:
It is too involved for your pretty head. As a sign of trust, please pick up the pen.

Laura:
I will read it first, I will trust you then.

Marian:
Let our lawyers bless, what you want from her, and she'll acquiesce with her signature!

Percival:
You've a pointed tone that I will not bear -

Marian:
That's a point of view I completely share!

Percival:
Sign your name Lady Glyde! Infernal women - you know nothing about business.

Fosco:
Uhhm! Calmly, my dear friend - Lady Glyde's upset, so is her sister. Can't the papers wait another day?

Percival:
This is a timely matter, and it will not wait!

Laura:
I will gladly sign, when I know what it is.

Fosco:
Forget about the signature, I'm urging you, please. As a man of honour - be pacient.

Marian:
Send the carriage away.

Fosco:
In all good conscience I could not be a witness now.

Percival:
For God's sake, woman, sign! I will not stand for it, I will not!

Marian:
Stop it!

Percival:
She's still my wife, she'll do as I say!

Fosco:
Your temper, sir!

Percival:
Stay out of my way!
You must be confined till you see the light -

Marian:
This is not a jail -

Fosco:
Sir, this is not right!

Percival:
She should gladly do anything I say. She's a wilful child, who will have her way!

Fosco:
GLYDE! You must hold your tongue! You must not react! You must leave at once - your good name intact!
You'll be fine, Lady Glyde.

Laura:
Don't touch me!

Fosco:
You're safe, my dear, you will be all right. His bark is far worse than his bite.
His temper flares, don't be alarmed. He will come down, you won't be harmed.

Marian:
Without your aid, where would we be?

Fosco:
How could I not?

Laura:
Don't come near me!

Marian:
He is our friend. Look what he's done.

Laura:
I don't trust him - or anyone!

Fosco:
You'll be fine, Lady Glyde.

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