PATTER-TRIO. ñ ROBIN, DESPARD, AND MARGARET.
ROB.My eyes are fully open to my awful situation ñ
I shall go at once to Roderic and make him an oration.
I shall tell him I've recovered my forgotten moral senses,
And I don't care twopence-halfpenny for any consequences.
Now I do not want to perish by the sword or by the dagger,
But a martyr may indulge a little pardonable swagger,
And a word or two of compliment my vanity would flatter,
But I've got to die tomorrow, so it really doesn't matter!
DES.So it really doesn't matter ñ
MAR.So it really doesn't matter ñ
ALL.So it really doesn't matter, matter, matter, matter, matter!
MAR.If were not a little mad and generally silly
I should give you my advice upon the subject, willy-nilly;
I should show you in a moment how to grapple with the question,
And you'd really be astonished at the force of my suggestion.
On the subject I shall write you a most valuable letter,
Full of excellent suggestions when I feel a little better,
But at present I'm afraid I am as mad as any hatter,
So I'll keep 'em to myself, for my opinion doesn't matter!
DES.Her opinion doesn't matter ñ
ROB.Her opinion doesn't matter ñ
ALL.Her opinion doesn't matter, matter, matter, matter, matter!
DES.If I had been so lucky as to have a steady brother
Who could talk to me as we are talking now to one another ñ
Who could give me good advice when he discovered I was erring
(Which is just the very favour which on you I am conferring),
My existance would have made a rather interesting idyll,
And I might have lived and died a very decent indiwiddle.
This particularly rapid, unintelligible patter
Isn't generally heard, and if it is it doesn't matter!
ROB.If it is it doesn't matter ñ
MAR.If it is it doesn't matter ñ
ALL.If it is it doesn't matter, matter, matter, matter, matter!