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Baby, my baby sister!
Blanche, what is the matter with you?
Will he be back?
He's gone to get the car greased. Why?
Why! I've been half crazy, Stella! When I found out you'd been insane enough to come back in here after what happened--I started to rush in after you!
I'm glad you didn't
What were you thinking of? Answer me. What? What?
Please, Blanche! Sit down and stop yelling.
All right, Stella, I will repeat the question quietly now. How could you come back in this place last night? Why, you must have slept with him!
Blanche, I'd forgotten how easily excitable you are.You're making much too much fuss about this
He was as good as a lamb when I cam back and he's really very, very ashamed of himself.
And that--that makes it all right?
He snatched off one of my slippers and rushed about the place smashing the light bulbs with it.
He did what?
He smashed all the light bulbs with the heel of my slipper!
And you--you let him? Didn't run, didn't scream?
I was sort of thrilled by it. Eunice and you had breakfast?
Do you supposed I wanted my breakfast?
There's some coffee left on the stove
You're so--matter of fact about it Stella.
What other can I be? He's taken the radio to get it fixed. It didn't land on the pavement so only one tube was smashed.
And you are standing there smiling!
What do you want me to do?
Pull yourself together and face the facts
What are they, in your opinion?
In my opinion? You're married to a madman!
Yes, you are, your fix is worse than mine is! Only you're not being sensible about it. I'm going to do something. Get a hold of myself and make myself a new life!
But you've given in. And that isn't right, you're not old! You can get out!
I'm not in anything I want to get out of
People have got to tolerate each other's habits, I guess.
I don't understand you. I don't understand your indifference. Is this a Chinese philosophy you've cultivated?
Is what, what?
This shuffling about and mumbling, "one tube smashed, beer bottles, mess in the kitchen" as if nothing out of the ordinary has happened! Are you deliberately shaking that thing in my face?
No. [holding broom]
Stop it, let of of that broom. I won't have you cleaning up for him.
Then who's going to do it? Are you?
No, I didn't think so.
Oh, let me think, if only my mind would function! We've got to get hold of some money, that's the way out!
I guess that money is always nice to get hold of
Listen to me. I have an idea of some kind. Do you remember Shep Huntleigh? Of course you remember Shep Huntleigh. I went out with him at college and wore is pin for a while. Well--
I ran into him last winter. You know I went to Miami during the Christmas Holidays
Well, I did. I took the trip as an investment, thinking I'd meet someone with a million dollars.
Yes. I ran into Shep Huntleigh. I ran into him on Biscayne Boulevard, on Christmas Eve, about dusk...getting into his car--cadillac convertible; must have been a block long.
I should think it would have been inconvenient in traffic!
You've heard of oil-wells?
He has them, all over Texas. Texas is literally spouting gold in his pockets.
Y'know how indifferent I am to money. I think of money in terms of what it does for you. But he could do it, he could certainly do it.
Do what, Blanche?
Why set us up in a shop!
What kind of a shop?
Oh a shop of some kind! He could do it iwth half what his wife throws away at the races
Honey, would I be here if the man weren't married? How do I get Western Union?--Operator! Western Union!
That's a dial phone, Honey.
I can't dial. I'm too--
Just dial 0.
Yes "0" for Operator
Give me a pencil. Where is a slip of paper? I've got to write it down first--the message, I mean. Let me see now. "Darling Shep. Sister and I in desperate situation"
I beg your pardon!
"Sister and I in desperate situation. Will explain details later. Would you be interested in"--"Would you be interested--in..." You never get anywhere with direct appeals!
Don't be so ridiculous darling!
But I'll think of something, I've go to think of something! Don't, don't laugh at me, Stella! Please, please don't--I, I want you to look at the contents of my purse. Here's what's in it: sixty five measly cents in coin of the realm
You take five of it, Blanche, and I'll keep the rest
Oh, no. No, Stella.
I know how it helps your morale just having a little pocket money on you
No thank you. I'll take to the streets.
Talk sense! How did you happen to get so low on funds?
Money just goes--it goes places. Sometime today I've got to get hold of a bromo.
I'll fix you one now.
Not yet--I've got to keep thinking
I wish you'd just let things go, at least for a while
Stella, I can't live with him! You can, he's your husband. But how could I stay here with him, after last night, with just those curtains between us?
Blanche, you saw him at his worst last night.
On the contrary, I saw him at his best! What such a man has to offer is animal force and he gave a wonderful exhibition of that! But the only way to live with such a man is to go to bed with him! And that's your job--not mine.
After you've rested a little, you'll see it's going to work out. You don't have to worry about anything while you're here. I mean expenses
I have to plan for us both, to get us both out!
You take it for granted that I am in something that I want to get out of.
I take it for granted that you still have sufficient memory of Belle Reve to find this place and these poker players impossible to live with.
Well, you're taking entirely too much for granted.
I can't believe you're in earnest
I understand how it happened--a litt.e You saw him in uniform, an officer, not here but--
I'm not sure it would have made any difference where I saw him.
Now don't say it was one of those mysterious electric things between people! If you do I'll laugh in your face.
I am not going to say anything more at all about it!
All right, then, don't!
But there are things that happen between a man and a woman in the dark that sort of make everything else seem unimportant.
What you are talking about is brutal desire--just Desire!--the name of that rattle-trap streetcar that bangs through the Quarter, up one old narrow street and down another.
Haven't you ever ridden on that street car?
It brought me here. Where I'm not wanted and where I'm ashamed to be.
Then don't you think your superior attitude is a bit out of place?
I am not being or feeling at all superior, Stella. Believe me I'm not! It's just this. This is how I look at it. A man like that is someone to go out with once, twice, three times when the devil is in you. But live with? Have a child by?
I have told you I love him.
Then I tremble for you. I just--tremble for you!
I can't help your trembling if you insist on trembling
May I speak plainly?
Yes, do. Go ahead. As plainly as you want.
Well, if you'll forgive me, he's common!
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