GULP AND GASP BY JOHN TOWNSEND
SYNOPSIS This is a melodrama about a villain, Lord Septic who is greedy for more power, money and fame. He is even capable of committing murder to get what he wants. He owns the railways and is after the Gatsby gold. Crouch, Lord Septic’s manservant is a big bully. Rose is a damsel in distress who meets Percy, the hero. They fall in love and he rescues her from a bloody death at the railway tracks. Later, Percy learns he is the heir to the Gatsby gold and is known as Sir Percy. Lord Septic loses everything.
THEMES Pride goes before fall Greed is destructive Justice and equality
Pride goes before fall Lord Septic was very arrogant with his wealth. He would do anything to get what he wanted. He was very greedy and wanted more even though he owned several railways. He was willing to kill to get what he wanted. In the end, he was arrested by the police.
Greed is destructive Even though he owned a railway station, Lord Septic plotted to get the Gatsby Gold. He was not satisfied with what he had. He wanted more. His life was ruined in the end because he was arrested by the police for trying to kill Rose and Percy.
Justice and equality The truth came out and Percy obtained his right. He was the heir to the Gatsby Gold. Justice was finally revealed. On the other hand, the evil Lord Septic was arrested because of his crime.
MORALVALUES One should be humble about one’s wealth and fame. We should be sensitive to people’s feelings. Downfall of man due to his greed for power, money or fame.
SETTING An empty train station A cold foggy night
PLOT CLIMAX Rose is tied to the railway tracks and the rumbling of an approaching train is heard. Lord Septic slams Percy against a locker. Percy recovers and runs off. Train screeches to a halt. Lord Septic slams Percy against a locker. Percy recovers and runs off. Lord Septic orders Crouch to tie Rose to the railway track to kill her. Rose helps Percy unravel the mystery of the NSL initial on the key he has been wearing around the neck. Lord Septic hits Percy on the head. Rose threatens to expose Lord Septic’s criminal behaviour. They recover the Gatsby Gold which is rightfully Percy’s. Rose, a blind flower girl enters to sell flowers and is roughly handled by the two people. EXPOSITION / BEGINNING RESOLUTION The two villains are introduced at the railway station, plotting a devious scheme. Percy and Rose plan a future together and the police come for the two villains.
CHARACTER Rose, the damsel in distress
CHARACTER Percy, the hero
CHARACTER Lord Septic, the villain
CHARACTER Crouch, the bully
ROSE • Rose, the damsel in distress • a very loving daughter • her mother was sick and Rose needed money to pay for her medication. • was willing to sell flowers until late at night to get some money
a caring man • helped Rose and told Crouch off for bullying her • did not mind sharing money with Rose if he had any • later, when he found out about his inheritance, he decided to give money to Rose for her eye operation and her sick mother. PERCY
a greedy man • despite being the owner of several railways, he was still not satisfied • wanted more money because money means power • plotted to find the Gatsby Gold • was willing to do anything to achieve his ambition LORD SEPTIC
was instructed by Lord Septic to chase Rose away • Rose was at the station trying to sell flower • delighted by the chance of showing his ‘power’ and bullied Rose • threw all her flowers across the platform although he knew Rose was blind CROUCH