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Steel Magnolias ~ Annelle
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ANNELLE. Oops! I see a hole.
ANNELLE. Oops! I see a hole.
It's a little poofier that I would normally do, but I'm nervous.
TRUVY. Well...your technique is good, and your form and content will improve with experience. So, you're hired.
TRUVY. And not a moment too soon! This morning we're going to be as bus as a one-armed paper hanger.
Thank you, Miss Truvy! Thank you...Here. Let me help you. (Dusts her off.) You've got little tiny hairs and fuzzies all over you.
TRUVY. Honey, there's so much static electricity in here, I pick up everything except boys and money. (Re-works her hair.) Annelle? This is the most successful shop in town. Wanna know why?
TRUVY. Because I have a strict philosophy that I have stuck to for fifteen years..."There's no such thing as natural beauty!" And remember! My ladies get only the best. Feel free to use as much hair spray as you want.
There's no such thing as natural beauty...How many ladies do we have this morning?
TRUVY. Normally just three, but today we've got Shelby Eatonton. She's getting married this afternoon. Now. How long have you been here in town?
A few weeks...
TRUVY. It must be exciting being in a new place.
It's a little scary.
TRUVY. I can imagine. Well...tell me things about yourself.
There's nothing to tell...
TRUVY. Annelle, I'd like you to meet the former fist lady of Chinquapin, Mrs. Belcher. Clairee, this is Annelle.
Pleased to meet you.
CLAIREE. I have the pom-poms to prove it.
Oh. I just moved here.
SHELBY. Right behind me I thought. (Annelle enters.) Hi! I'm Shelby Eatonton...soon to be Latcherie.
Hi! I'm Annelle. I'm new.
M'LYNN. Hello. Did you say Annelle? What a pretty name. I'm M'lynn.
I'll take that for you.
SHELBY. Keep your head in the sink, please.
(Accidentally splashing M'Lynn with water, bringing her up.) I'm sorry. I'm so sorry.
TRUVY. Well, M'Lynn. It looks like you're ready to roll. I think we can trust Annelle to roll you up, don't you?
I don't know. Today is very special. And my work tends to be too poofy when I'm nervous.
TRUVY. Very nice, Annelle. I think you know what you're doing.
Thank you. Mrs. Eatonton, you have great hair. And your scalp's clean as a whistle.
M'LYNN. It's no wonder. With all this wedding nonsense and running around.
Excuse me. Should I call the doctor or something?
M'LYNN. There. That one wasn't that bad at all. But I think we should have a little more juice.
Can I do something? Should I...
M'LYNN. Do you realize we are being rude to poor Annelle. She doesn't know us from Adam's house cat and we just keep talking about things foreign to her experiences. Annelle, tell us about yourself.
There's nothing to tell.
M'LYNN. He finally put it down to go to the bathroom.
I'd like to ask a question. I'm new here and all. Is my life in danger?
SHELBY. Daddy has been trying to frighten the birds out of the trees by making loud noises. I didn't want the guests at my reception to spend all night dodging bird do.
There's somebody coming. A strange lady with a strange dog!
CLAIREE. That would be Ouiser.
That is one ugly dog.
OUISER. That's precisely why I'm here. I have to cancel. (Phone rings. Ouiser picks it up and hangs it up.) I have to take my poor dog to the vet before he has a nervous breakdown. My dog I mean. The vet is perfectly healthy. You must be the new girl.
OUISER. Darling...whatever your name is...would you look out the window and check on my dog while I smack Clairee in her smart mouth? You may not believe this, but these are the dearest friends I have in this town.
His color's good. His skin is real pink.
OUISER. All right. As long as there's no more gunshots, I'll stay. (to Annelle) What's your name?
OUISER. I know everyone. I don't recall ever seeing you before.
I just moved to town not too long ago.
OUISER. With your family?
No'm. I don't have any family to speak of.
OUISER. With your husband?
. ...I...uh...I don't know.
OUISER. You don't know? I'm intrigued. Are you married or not? These are not difficult questions.
Uh...we're not...he's not...I can't talk about it.
CLAIREE & TRUVY. Of course you can.
I''m not sure if I'm married or not...he's gone!
OUISER. Honey. Men are the most horrible creatures.
. Everything is horrible. Bunkie...that's my husband. He left. We only moved here a month ago. He just vanished last week.
CLAIREE. No idea where he went?
Nobody knows. He took all the money, my jewelry, the car.
TRUVY. Have you been to the police?
No, but they've been to me. He's in big trouble with the law. The police keep questioning me. But I don't know anything. They say my marriage may not be legal...
TRUVY. You should have said something.
I was scared to. I need a job in the worst way. But I swear to you that my personal trajedy will not interfere with my ability to do good hair.
TRUVY. Of course it won't...
I really don't things could get any worse.
SHELBY. You are so brave. I know one thing I can do. Tonight, you are going to drop by my house and have some bleeding Armadillo groom's cake.
Oh, I couldn't.
SHELBY. And if you feel yourself start to get sad, just watch my husband dance.
You're all so nice.
TRUVY. We enjoy being nice to each other. There's not much else to do in this town. Now. If you're interested, my garage apartment will be available soon.
OUISER. I'm going to let that man have it!
Oh no! Your dog broke his chain! And he's heading toward the smoke!
SHELBY. Hi Truvy! Merry Christmas!
SHELBY. (towards the tree) Annelle, you did all this?
SHELBY. I wouldn't miss a Christmas festival for the world. Oh, Mama. While I'm thinking, I've been cleaning out closets...getting rid of stuff.
Uh. Excuse me, Shelby? Uh. If you don't have any special plans for the clothes...could I have them? Riverview Baptist has a clothes closet for the poor. We're real low on women's dresses.
TRUVY. It breaks my heart that she won't come to the Methodist church with me. We're just glad to see that Annelle is settling down and finding her way. She's had a rough few months, haven't you, honey?
Oh. After they finally threw Bunkie Dupuy behind bars and I was rid of him, I went wild. I was drinking, running around, smoking...
But Truvy helped me to see the error of my ways. I joined a church last month. Truvy's helped me to see I have talents. I've done guest lectures on beauty at the trade school...
TRUVY. Our little Annelle has become one of the hottest tickets in town. Tell her who you have a date with. Shelby is pretty much responsible for the whole thing!
SHELBY. How am I responsible?
He was bartending at your wedding reception last spring. That's when I met him. He makes a mean Cherry Coke.
CLAIREE. Hello, Darling! I'm sorry I'm late. I overslept. I didn't get back into town until one o'clock. It was a dazzling victory over Dry Prong.
I heard you on the radio last night. You were wonderful.
CLAIREE. Yes!! KPPD. The station of choice in Chinquapin Parish.
There is so much going on! The state championship last night, the Christmas festival today, The Messiah sing-along tomorrow...
SHELBY. Being a tourist, I guess. But I won't flatten your grass, I promise.
Miss Ouiser, I think you need a healthy dose of Christmas spirit. (Annelle gets a present from the tree.)
OUISER. They are bordered in holly. (Opens gifts. Pulls out handmade earrings.) You made them, didn't you?
With my own two hands.
SHELBY. Well. Annelle? What do you want me to do with the old clothes?
Just bring 'em in.
SHELBY. OK. Then I'll finish my Christmas shopping.
What did you get your mama?
M'LYNN. Diabetics have healthy babies all the time.
It will all be fine.
TRUVY. Whew! My artistic nature is so relieved.
It is very becoming. I guess with that baby, you don't have time to spend hours fussing with your hair. You need something you can just run your fingers through and go.
TRUVY. Amen. Annelle? I'm out uh...
Is it still next to...
TRUVY. No. It's over the..
OUISER. Somebody's got to take them. I hate 'em. I try not to eat healthy food if I can help it. The sooner this body wears out, the better off I'll be. I have trouble getting enough grease into my diet.
Then why do you grow them?
OUISER. I am an old Southern woman. We're supposed to put on funny-looking hats and grow vegetables in the dirt. I don't make the rules. And. While I have everyone's attention. This morning I went to my mailbox and found that someone...(directed at Annelle) has put me on the mailing list for the Riverview Baptist Church. I am now receiving chain letters.
They aren't chain letters. They're part of my prayer group's "Reach out and touch" project. We're supposed to write somebody in the community that we thought might be in spiritual trouble and invite them to worship. (Ouiser plops down a big pile of mail) I guess you made everybody's list.
OUISER. M'Lynn. You are brave, you are brave.
You know? If I didn't know better, Shelby, I wouldn't even know you'd been sick a day in your life.
RADIO. We'll be doing good to get up to thirty-nine degrees. Last night was the coldest Halloween since 1948. I'm not used to
Thirty-nine degrees! You were right, Truvy.
OUISER. I don't like it one bit. I turn blue when it's this cold and blue is not in my palette.
Have any of you seen her this morning?
CLAIREE. I haven't. I went to the house. Only the boys were there.
DO you think she'll come by?
CLAIREE. I have never seen so much food.
You can never have enough at times like these. My husband's back at the apartment cooking up a storm. He's convinced that hsi red beans and rice will make everyone feel better.
M'LYNN. They gave her anesthetic...
In a way she was right. Maybe she knew she was going to be with her king.
M'LYNN. (a little shaken) Yes, Annelle. Maybe so.
We should be rejoicing.
M'LYNN. You go ahead. I wish I could feel that way. I guess I'm a little selfish. I would rather have her here.
Miss M'Lynn. I don't mean to upset you by saying that. You see. When something like this happens, I pray very hard to make heads or tails of it. I think in Shelby's case, she wanted to take care of everybody she knew...and her poor body was just worn out. So she went on to a place where she could be a guardian angel. And I personally feel much safer knowing she's up there on my side. I know some people may think that sounds real simple and stupid...and maybe I am. But that's how I get through things like this.
CLAIREE. DOn't let her beauty stand in the way. Hit her!
Miss Clairee. Enough!
M'LYNN. That was very funny, Clairee.
I have to admit I laughed...even though that wasn't a very Christian thing to do, Miss Clairee.
CLAIREE. Annelle, honey. You're going to have to lighten up.
My husband says the same thing.
TRUVY. Now that you two have made up, we had better let this woman go. She has to pull herself together. She cannot be a pillar of strength with eye makeup running down her neck.
Go on out there, MIss M'Lynn...we'll be just fine.
OUISER. M'Lynn. Tell your family...especially Drum...that they've been in my prayers. (Annelle reacts) Yes, Annelle, I pray. There! I've said it. I hope you're satisfied.
I have suspected this all along.
OUISER. But don't you go trying to get me to come out to your church to one of those tent revivals. They'd probably make me eat a live chicken.
Not on your first visit.
OUISER. That girl will do anything to get us together.
Oh! Miss M'Lynn. I wanted to tell you that Sammy and I decided if this is a girl, we want to name it Shelby...since she was the reason we met in the first place. If you don't mind.
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