SCENE II: The Officers of the N.S.W. Corps gain power in the Colony by selling rum. On the water front a ship is nearby, from which kegs are being rolled- These kegs have all been bought by the officers of the N.S.W. Corps cheaply and sold to the colonists for high prices.
GROSE: Come on, you swabs, roll off those kegs more quickly. Hurry, before Hunter comes.
PATERSON: How much profit d'yer reckon we'll make offuv this haul?
GROSE: Well, by the time we sell it to the farmers to sell to the convicts, and we get our cut on that, we should make a tidy little sum, methinks.
PATERSON: I don't know why you are so afraid of Hunter. After all, we can always dispose of him, can't we.
GROSE: Yes, I suppose so. However, I think that it would he better for us if we keep our hands clean for the moment. The British Home Government might hear of our doings.
PATERSON: They are at war, and they couldn't do anything if they tried.
GROSE: Maybe so, but I wouldn't like to try it yet. Silence. Here comes Captain Macarthur.
MACARTHUR: Still at it, eh?
PATERSON: Yes sir.
GROSE: Yes. We pretty well rule the roost now, don't we. Even now I have nearly forty seven assigned servants working for me.
MACARTHUR: Yes. we do rule the roost. By the way, do you remember that stupid old blabber-mouth from up on the hill? Well he stepped a little too far over the line today and one of the guard's rifles accident went off.
GROSE: Oh, that crawler. Anyway, he's better out of the way. That makes one less to care for, but he could be making more money for us by working.
PATERSON: Yeah, he was allus crawling to the governor behind our backs. Anyway, he wouldn't have worked for us, even if he was paid. I suppose I had better be going and supervising the unloading of the kegs.
GROSE: Good evening sir. I had also better be going.
MACARTHUR: I also had better be going, good evening.