Christmas on Greek Street.Posted: December 22, 2011 Filed under: Literary London, London Labour, Theatrical London 2 Comments
© David Secombe 2010.
From Act Two of The Homecoming, Harold Pinter, 1965:
LENNY: […] I’ve got a better idea. Why don’t I take her with me up to Greek Street?
MAX: You mean put her on the game?
We’ll put her on the game. That’s a stroke of genius, that’s a marvellous idea. You mean she can earn the money herself – on her back?
MAX: Wonderful. The only thing is, it’ll have to be short hours. We don’t want her out of the house all night.
LENNY: I can limit the hours.
MAX: How many?
LENNY: Four hours a night.
MAX: (dubiously) Is that enough?
LENNY: She’ll bring in a good sum for four hours a night.
MAX: Well, you should know. After all, it’s true, the last thing we want to do is to wear the girl out. She’s going to have her obligations this end as well. Where you going to put her in Greek Street?
LENNY: It doesn’t have to be right in Greek Street, Dad. I’ve got a number of flats all around that area.
MAX: You have? Well, what about me? Why don’t you give me one?
LENNY: You’re sexless.
… and a Merry Christmas to all our readers.
(see also: Old and New Soho no.5)
And what a coincidence to see this on here now when I was looking at this sign yesterday!
As I recall, the window below this one has a neon sign that reads, ‘open’!
Thanks Jane – check out this link too, it’s nice to think that Soho hasn’t entirely lost its seedy edge.