PETER
(Entering)
Here come de honey man.
Yes man, dis de honey man.
You got honey in de comb?
Yes man, I got honey in de comb.
An' is yo honey cheap?
Yes mam, my honey very cheap.
Here come de honey man.

ALL
Hello, Peter.

LILY
Well, here come my ol' man.
 

(Takes tray from his head)
Now gimme the money! Now go sit and rest.

MARIA
You Scipio! Here come Porgy. Open the gate for him.

(Scipio opens one side of iron gate. Porgy enters
in goat cart; crowd greets him)

JAKE
Here's the ol' crap shark!

MINGO
Now we'll have a game!

PORGY
Evenin' ladies, hello, boys! Luck been ridin' high with Porgy
today. I got a pocket full of the Buckra money, and it's
goin' to any man what got the guts to shoot it off me.

MINGO
Get on down, son we'll take it.

SPORTING LIFE
Lay it down.

ROBBINS
All right, mens, roll 'em. We done wait long enough.

JIM
You bes' wait for Crown. I see him comin', takin'
the whole sidewalk,
And he looks like he ain't gonna stand no foolin'.

PORGY
Is Bess with him?

JAKE
Lissen to Porgy. I think he's sof' on Crown's Bess.
(Men laugh)

PORGY
I ain't nebber swap two words with Bess.

MARIA
Porgy got too good sense to look twice at that
liquor guzzlin' slut.

SERENA
That gal Bess ain't fit for Gawd fearin'
ladies to 'sociate with.

PORGY
Can't you keep yo' mouth off Bess. Between Gawd fearin'
ladies and the Gawd damnin' men that gal ain't got a chance.

JAKE
Ain' I tells you Porgy sof' on her?
 

PORGY
No, no, brudder, Porgy ain't sof' on no woman;
They pass by singin', they pass by cryin', always lookin'.
They look in my do' an' they keep on movin'.
When Gawd make cripple, He mean him to be lonely.
Night time, day time,
He got to trabble dat lonesome road.
Night time, day time,
He got to trabble dat lonesome road.

(Crown shouts off stage, frightening
children who scatter, yelling.)

MINGO
Here comes Big Boy!

JAKE
'Low, Crown.

JIM
'Low, Bess.

(General greetings)

CROWN
Hi, boys! All right, Sporting Life, give us
a pint and make it damn quick.

CROWN
Pay him, Bess.

(Sporting Life pulls out flask and hands
it to Crown who takes long drink)

JAKE
Drunk again!

PORGY
He sure love his liquor, but some day
she's gonna throw him down.

CROWN
That damn whiskey'-jus' as weak as water.
(Passes bottle to Bess)

SERENA
See that hussy drinkin' like any man!

BESS
(Offers bottle to Robbins)
Here, Robbins, have one to the Gawd fearin' ladies.
There's nothin' like 'em, thank Gawd.
(Robbins drinks)
CROWN

(Snatching bottle)
Oh, no, you don't. Nobody ain't drinkin' none of my licker.
(Throws down money)
All right, mens, I'm talkin' to you. Anybody answerin' me?
(All throw money down)

ROBBINS
(Throwing)
Boxcars again.

MINGO
Cover 'em, brother, cover 'em.

ROBBINS
Cover hell! I goin' to pass 'em along and see
if I can break my luck.

MINGO
Robbins' lady ain't allow him but fifty cent and he can't
take no chances with bad luck.

(All laugh)

BESS
That's all right, honey boy, I'll stake you when yo' four
bits done gone.

SERENA
Go ahead an' play. You don't need no charity
off no she-devils.

BESS
See what I gets for you. Yo' woman is easy
when you know the way.

JAKE
(Throws)
Crapped out!
(Passes dice to Mingo)
PORGY
(To Robbins)
Don't you ever let a woman grieve you

PORGY and ALL
She'll love you and deceive you,
take yo' clothes and leave you
'Cause--
PORGY
A woman is a sometime thing.
ALL
Yes, a woman is a sometime thing.
SERENA
That gal ain't need to worry 'bout no man marryin' her.
BESS
Some women got to marry a man to keep him.
CROWN
Shut yo' damn mouth!
You don't give Mingo a chance
to talk to the bones.
MINGO
Fade me.
(All throw down money)
Old snake-eye go off an' die.
Old man seven come down from heaven.
(Throws)
Seven!
(Scoops up dice)
CROWN
I ain't seen that seven yet.
You done turn 'em over.
MINGO
What I throw?
SPORTING LIFE
Seven.

Seven.

PORGY
He throw seven.
 

CROWN
Well there's more than one big mouth done meet his Gawd
for pullin' 'em in before I reads 'em see!
An' I'm sayin' it over tonight.

MINGO
Yo' mammy's gone and yo' daddy's happy
Come home little bones, come home to pappy.
(Throws)
Four to make. Come four!
(Throws)
PORGY
Crapped out!
CROWN
(Picking up dice)
I shoots like that.
Come clean you little blackeyed bitches.
(Throws)
MINGO
Six! Six!
SPORTING LIFE
Six to make!
JAKE
Six to make!

CROWN
(Produces rabbit's foot)
Kiss rabbit foot
and show these tinhorns how to hit.
(Throws)

SPORTING LIFE
Crapped out, come to your pappy
(Crown brushes Sporting Life back)

ROBBINS
Crown too cock-eyed drunk to read 'em.
What the dice say, Bess?

BESS
Seven.

CROWN
I ain't drunk enough to read 'em.
That is the trouble. Ha ha, ha ha, ha ha!
Licker ain't strong enough.
Give me a pinch of happy dust, Sportin' Life.

(Sporting Life produces small paper from hat band)

BESS
Don't give him that stuff, Sportin' Life.
He's ugly drunk already.

CROWN
Pay him an' shut up.
(Takes paper from Sporting Life and inhales. Bess pays
Sporting Life.)

PETER
Frien' an' dice an' happy dust
ain't meant to 'sociate...
You mens bes' go slow.

(Crown draws fist to Peter.)

JAKE
Leave Peter be, let him alone.

MINGO
He ain't mean no harm.

SPORTING LIFE
(Throwing)
Huh, seven! Huh, seven! Huh, seven! 'Leven come home,
Fido!
(Whistles, pulls pot in. All ante)

CROWN
God damn it, I ain't read 'em yet.

MEN
Crown cockeyed drunk, he can't tell dice from a watermelon;
Crown cockeyed drunk, he can't tell dice from wa--

CROWN
Shut up!

SPORTING LIFE
Six to make!
(Shoots again)

JIM
Seven!

MINGO
Crapped out!
JAKE
Seven, Seven!
 

Porgy shoots now.
 

PORGY
Oh, little stars, little stars,
Roll, roll, roll me some light,
(Throws)
'Leven little stars, come home, come home,
(Pulls in pot, all ante)

Roll dis poor beggar a sun an' a moon,
A sun an' a moon.
(Shoots)
MINGO
Li'l Joe.
JIM
Little Joe,
PORGY
Oh, no, my brother, that ain't little Joe.
They is the monin' and the evenin' stars. An' just you
watch 'em rise and shine for this poor beggar.
(Crown grabs his arm)
Turn me loose.
(Shoots)
JIM
Made 'em!
CROWN
Roll up that bastard's sleeve.
(Porgy pulls in pot, laughs, rolls up sleeve)
Well, you got them damn dice, conjer them.

PORGY
Boy, boy, boy, I'm a crap shootin' idiot.
(Rolls)

SPORTING LIFE and JAKE
Crapped out!

MINGO
Rolled out!
(Robbins takes up bones, shoots)

ROBBINS
Nine to make, come nine!
(Throws again)
Read 'em. Nine spot! Nine right!
(Sweeps up money, Crown seizes his wrist)

CROWN
Touch that money an' meet yo' Gawd!

ROBBINS
Take yo' hand off me, you lousy houn'. Han' me that brick
behin' you.
(Pulls out of Crown's grasp)

CROWN
Nobody's gettin' away with Crown's money. I'm goin' kill
dat bastard!
(Lunges at Robbins)
MINGO
Looks like trouble to me; He made his nine, he made his
nine.

MARIA
There's gonna be a fight, look out!
Hold him back, Somebody hold them back,
Crown got murder in his eye!
Somebody hold them back!

PORGY
Crown's drunk, Robbins bes' take care, take care,
Robbins take care. Look out Robbins!

JIM
Dat's right.
Some one will sure get hurt.

SPORTING LIFE
Robbins ain't got a chance wid Crown, he's too big.
 

(Crown and Robbins fight fiercely as crowd holds Serena
back)
 
 

SERENA
Oh, stop them! Don't let them fight!
I warned him, oh! Won't somebody stop them,
Won't somebody stop them now!
Oh, stop them! etc.

BESS
Someone will surely get hurt, so stop, won't somebody stop
them! Come on Crown, stop it. Oh! I'm so afraid!
I'm so afraid! Stop Crown! stop dem, make 'em cut it out!

MARIA
Ain't you men got better sense? Such fools! Liquor always
make trouble; better put a stop to this fighting, it's awful,
it's simply awful! Someone stop the fight, he will surely
kill dat man!

PORGY
Crown is drunk, there's goin' to be some trouble.
Robbins, take care!
Oh, Lawd have mercy an' don' let Crown hurt Robbins!
This is de worst fight yet.

MINGO
Look out, be careful!
Someone is gonna get hurt!
He'll kill 'im! He'll kill 'im! Crown's had too much
Crown is like a debbil when he's drinkin' like a fool.
Stop!

SPORTING LIFE
Crown cock-eyed drunk, he don' know what he's doin'.
Yes sir, Crown has had a little but too much.
Crown's had too much, Crown is like a debbil etc.

JAKE
This looks like a real fight, Robbins done for.
Oh, Crown is actin very bad, bad, bad.
Come on, let's stop dem now, come on, let's stop dem!
Dis Crown is like a debbil etc.

WOMEN
Oh, stop them, someone will get hurt!
Why must people fight?
Crown is a bad, bad bizness when he's drunk!
Why mus' they fight, won' somebody please
goin' an' stop dem now!

MEN
Crown is drunk! Robbins got no chance,
oh Robbins got no chance!
Crown is a bad, bad bizness when he's drunk!
Something mighty bad is boun' to happen!
Hold dem back! Won't some one hol' dem back
some one hol'dem back!
 
 

(Crown throws Robbins down. They fight fiercely;
Crown jerks out his cotton hook.)
 

WOMEN
Can't anybody make Crown stop,
Can't anybody make Crown stop?
Lawd, please make dem stop!
MEN
Robbins is gone, Yes, suh!
He's got no chance! No suh!
Lawd, please make dem stop!
 
 

(Suddenly Crown stabs Robbins with cotton hook.
Robbins falls dead. Serena screams)

MINGO
Jesus, he killed him!

(Serena flings herself upon the body)

BESS
Wake up an' hit it out. You ain't got no time to lose.

CROWN
What the matter?

BESS
You done kill Robbins and the police will be comin'.
(She shakes him to his senses.
The entire crowd disperses in various directions.)
CROWN
Where you goin' hide? They know you an' I pulls together.

BESS
Some man always willin' to take care of Bess.

CROWN
Well, get this: whoever he is, he's temporary. I'm comin'
back when the hell dies down.

BESS
All right, only get out now. Here, take this.
(She takes money from stocking and gives it to him. He
disappears. Bess runs - senses Sporting Life behind her)
That you, Sportin' Life?

SPORTING LIFE
Sure, and I's the only friend you got left.

BESS
For Gawd's sake, give me a touch of happy dust.
I shakin' so I can hardly stand.
(He gives her powder)

SPORTING LIFE
Listen, I'll be goin' to New York soon. I'll hide you out and
take you with me. Why you an' me will make a swell team.

BESS
I ain't come to that yet.

SPORTING LIFE
Well, the cops ain't goin' find me here for no woman.
(Slinks out. Bess looks for shelter, knocks at doors.
They are locked or slammed in her face.)

MARIA
You done bring trouble enough, get out before
the police come.

BESS
You wouldn't have a heart and let me in?

MARIA
Not till hell freeze!

BESS
Who live over there?

MARIA
That's Porgy, he ain't no use to your kind,
he's a cripple and a beggar.

BESS
Come on, Please let me in!
(Bess moves toward the gate. As she reaches it,
police whistle sends her back. She turns back,
frightened - Porgy's door opens. Porgy stretches
out hand to her. Shuddering away from Serena and
the body, she goes to Porgy's door. Porgy reaches
for Bess' hand. She enters his room)

Opona