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Sleep, Gentle Sleep

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 1911

Summary

A young married man receives an invitation to a smoker. It is his desire to accept the invitation and attend the smoker, but his young wife is equally desirous to keep him at home. After pouting a while she conceives the idea of putting a sleeping powder into his table wine, hoping that he will fall asleep and thus be prevented from going to the smoker. By a strange coincidence the young husband hits upon the same plan and puts a sleeping powder into her tea, so that he may be sure to attend the smoker without interference. The result is that they both fall sound asleep. During the night a hungry tramp gains access to the house through a window. While searching the larder for something to eat he finds the bottle of table wine containing the sleeping powder. It looks good to him and he helps himself to a goodly portion, and is soon fast asleep in the dining room. The following morning when the housemaid enters the dining room to perform her duties she almost stumbles over the sleeping tramp and is nearly frightened out of her wits. She screams loudly for help, which brings a policeman on the run. Arousing the young husband and his wife, she promptly faints. Amidst great confusion the policeman arrives and arrests the tramp for trespassing. The young couple now see the funny side of the sleeping powder joke and have a good laugh over it.

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BumptiousJohn R. Cumpson
The MaidGertrude Clarke

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