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Cripple of Inishmaan 2.4
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This is a big day for news.
Johnnypateenmike's near enough running o'er the island with his news of Billy's return to us.
Billy's return and Babbybobby's arrest and Jim Finnegan's daughter joining the nunnery then. That was the biggest surprise.
He has a loaf in one hand and a leg o' mutton neath each armeen.
The nun's standards must have dropped.
The nuns must be after anybody if they left Jim Finnegan's daughter join them.
It's always big-talk when from America they return.
It's "avenues" now, do ya hear?
She's not a very nice girl anyways, Billy.
And for the way sweethearts be. (Helen exits)
I wasn't listening or all right I was a biteen listening. You wait for a nice girl to come along, Billy. A girl who doesn't mind at all what you look like. Just sees your heart.
Was you listening, Aunty Kate?
Ah not long at all, Billy. Maybe a year or two. Or at the outside of five.
How long will I be waiting for a girl like that to come along, Aunty?
Billy asked Slippy Helen to go out walking with him, and Helen said she'd rather go out walking with a broken-headed ape.
Five years... (Billy exits)
What's Cripple Billy looking so glum for?
Well, I've tarted it up a bit.
That was a descriptive turn of phrase for Slippy Helen.
Cripple Billy does want to aim lower than Helen.
I was thinking. Cripple Billy wants to aim lower than Helen, really.
But Billy probably doesn't like ugly girls who are thick.
Billy wants to aim at ugly girls who are thick, then work his way up.
Sure there's no pleasing Billy.
The stories Johnnypateen spins. When it was poor Billy they tied in that sack of stones, and Billy would still be at the bottom of the sea to this day, if it hadn't been for Johnnypateen swimming out to save him.
And you missed the story Johnnypateen spun, Kate, about Billy's mam and daddy tying a sack of stones to their hands and drowning themselves for their insurance money that saved him.
Sure, that story might only make Cripple Billy sad or something, Eileen.
And stealing his mammy's hundred pounds then to pay for Billy's hospital treatment. We should tell Billy the true story some day, Kate.
There is. This'll be the first decent night's sleep in many a month I've had, Eileen.
Do you think? Ah, there's plenty of time to tell Billy that story anyways.
Ah let's forget about the stones. We have our Billy back with us now.
I know it will, Kate. Have you finished for good with your stone shenanigans now?
Back for good.
We do have our Billy back with us. Back for good.
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