|Character||Young man Father William|
|Scene type / Who are||Father/Son|
|Description||You are old, father William|
|YOUNG MAN: "You are old, father William, and your hair has become very white; And yet you incessantly stand on your head Do you think, at your age, it is right?|
FATHER WILLIAM: "In my youth, I feared it might injure the brain; But, now that I'm perfectly sure I have none, Why, I do it again and again."
YOUNG MAN: "You are old, as I mentioned before, and you have grown most uncommonly fat; Yet you turned a back-somersault in at the door. Pray what is the reason for that?"
FATHER WILLIAM: "In my youth, I kept all my limbs very supple by the use of this ointment one shilling a box.
Allow me to sell you a couple?"
YOUNG MAN: "You are old, and your jaws are too weak
for anything tougher than suet; Yet you finished the goose, with the bones and the beak. Pray, how did you manage to do it?"
FATHER WILLIAM: "In my youth, I took to the law, and argued each case with my wife; And the muscular strength, which it gave to my jaw, has lasted the rest of my life."
YOUNG MAN: "You are old, one would hardly suppose that your eye was as steady as ever; Yet you balanced an eel on the end of your nose. What made you so awfully clever"
FATHER WILLIAM: "I have answered three questions, and that is enough! Don't give yourself airs! Do you think I can listen all day to such stuff? Be off, or I'll kick you down stairs.