The play The Dear Departed (1908) by William Stanley Houghton is about the essencelessness of love by the daughters for their old father. In the play, there is an old man named Abel who one day slept few hours more than usual to which his daughters, Mrs. Slater and Mrs. Jordan, thought him dead. They were dividing every inch of property when suddenly Abel walks down from his room and Victoria, Mrs. Slater’s ten years old daughter, exclaimed
Oh Grandpa, I’m so glad you’re not dead
Abel was astonished and asked who was dead; Mrs. Slater replied
No one you know, father. A relative of Ben’s”
Ben was husband of Mrs. Jordan. Abel asked of what relation of Ben’s and Mrs. Slater said “His brother”. Ben jumped up and said to Mrs. Slater
Hang it, I never had one.
What does “Hang it” mean?