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Act One Lines
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KELLER: Yeah, I can see that.
CHRIS: Hello, Mom.
Did you take a bag from under the sink?
KELLER: Yeah, I put it in the pail.
Well, get it out of the pail. That's my potatoes.
KELLER: I thought it was garbage.
Will you do me a favor, Joe? Don't be helpful.
KELLER: I can afford another bag of potatoes.
Minnie scoured that pail in boiling water last night. It's cleaner than your teeth.
KELLER: And I don't understand why, after I worked forty years and I got a maid, why I have to take out the garbage.
If you would make up your mind thst every bag in the kitchen isn't full of garbage, you wouldn't be throwing out my vegetables. Last time it was the onions.
KELLER: I don't like garbage.
Then don't eat. (Exits)
KELLER: ... (MOTHER enters) and I got a maid, and my wife is workin' for the maid.
It's her day off, what are you crabbing about?
CHRIS: Isn't Annie finished eating?
She'll be right out.
That wind did some job on this place.
So much for that, thank God.
KELLER: Sit down, take it easy.
I've got such a funny pain on the top of my head.
CHRIS: Can I get you an aspirin?
No more roses. It's so funny... everything decides to happen at the same time. This month is his birthday; his tree blows down, Annie comes. Everything that happened seems to be coming back. I was just down the cellar, and what do I stumble over? His baseball glove. I haven't seen it in a century.
CHRIS: Don't you think Annie looks well?
Fine. There's no question about it. She's a beauty... I still don't know what brought her here. Not that I'm not glad to see her, but...
CHRIS: ... And I wanted to see her myself.
The only thing is, I think her nose got longer. But I'll always love that girl. She's one that didn't jump into bed with somebody else as soon as it happened with her fella.
KELLER: Oh, what're you...?
Never mind. Most of them didn't wait till the telegrams were opened. I'm just glad she came, so you can see I'm not /completely/ out of my mind.
CHRIS: Just because she isn't married doesn't mean she's been mourning Larry.
Why then isn't she?
CHRIS: Well... it could've been any number of things.
Like what, for instance?
CHRIS: ... Can I get you an aspirin?
It's not like a headache.
KELLER: She's wearing out more bedroom slippers than shoes.
I had a terrible night. I never had a night like that.
CHRIS: Did you dream?
More, more than a dream.
CHRIS: About Larry?
I was fast asleep and... Remember the way he used to fly low past the house when he was in training? When we used to see his face in the cockpit going by? That's the way that I saw him. Only high up. Way, way up, where the clouds are. He was so real I could reach out and touch him. And suddenly he started to fall. And cryinf, crying to me.. Mom, Mom! I could hear him like he was in the room. Mom!... If I could touch him I knew I could stop him, if I could only... I woke up and it was so funny... The wind... it was like the roaring of his engine. I came out here... I must've still been half asleep. I could hear that roaring like he was going by. The tree snapped right in front of me... and I like... came awake.
See? We should have never planted that tree, I said so in the first place; it was too soon to plant a tree for him!
CHRIS: Too soon!
We rushed into it. Everybody was in such a hurry to bury him. I said not to plant it yet. I told you to...!
CHRIS: ... maybe we ought to put our minds to forgetting him?
That's the third time you've said that this week.
CHRIS: We're like at a railroad station waiting for a train that never comes in.
Get me an aspirin, heh?
CHRIS: ... I thought the four of us might go out to dinner a couple of nights, maybe go dancing out at the shore.
Fine. We can do it tonight.
CHRIS: You'll start with this aspirin. (Exits)
Why did he invite her here?
KELLER: Why does that bother you?
She's been in New York three and a half years, why all of a sudden...?
KELLER: Well, maybe... maybe he just wanted to see her...
Nobody comes seven hundred miles "just to see."
KELLER: Don't look at me like that, he didn't tell me any more than he told you.
He's not going to marry her.
KELLER: How do you know he's even thinking of it?
It's got that about it.
KELLER: Well? So what?
What's going on here, Joe?
KELLER: Now listen, kid...
She's not his girl, Joe; she know she's not.
KELLER: You can't read her mind.
Then why is she still single? New York is full of men, why isn't she married? (Pause.) Probably a hundred people told her she's foolish, but she's waited.
KELLER: How do you know why she's waited?
She knows what I know, that's why. She's faithful as a rock. In my worst moments, I think of her waiting, and I know again that I'm right.
KELLER: Look, it's a nice day. What are we arguing for?
Nobody in this house dast take her faith away, Joe. Strangers might. But not his father, not his brother.
KELLER: What do you want me to do? What do you want?
I want you to act like he's coming back. Both of you. Don't think I haven't noticed you since Chris invited her. I won't stand for any nonsense.
KELLER: But, Kate...
Because if he's not coming back, then I'll kill myself!
Laugh. Laugh at me. But why did that happen the very night she came back? Laugh, but there are meanings in such things. She goes to sleep in his room and his memorial breaks in pieces. Look at it; look.
KELLER: Calm yourself.
Believe with me, Joe. I can't stand all alone.
KELLER: Calm yourself (2nd)
Only last week a man turned up in Detroit, missing longer than Larry. You read it yourself.
KELLER: All right, all right, calm yourself.
You above all have got to believe, you...
KELLER: Why me above all?
... Just don't stop believing...
BERT: Gee, aren't you going to arrest him? I warned him.
Stop that, Bert. Go home. There's no jail here.
There's no jail here! I want you to stop that jail business!
BERT: He's right across the street...
Go home, Bert.
I want you to stop that, Joe. That whole jail business!
KELLER: Look at you, look at you shaking.
I can't help it.
KELLER: What have I got to hide? What the hell is the matter with you, Kate?
I didn't say you had anything to hide, I'm just telling you to stop it! Now stop it!
CHRIS: ... You never get air like that in New York.
Annie, where did you get that dress!
ANN: ... How's that for three weeks' salary?
Isn't she the most...?
It's gorgeous, simply gor...
CHRIS: No kidding, now, isn't she the prettiest gal you ever saw?
You gained a little weight, didn't you, darling?
KELLER: Well, it's three years, Annie. We're gettin' old, kid.
How does Mom like New York?
KELLER: Oh, no, it broke. Couple of years ago.
What broke? He had one of his light lunches and flopped into it.
JIM: At once! At once.
I told her to take up the guitar. It'd be a common interest for them.
Well, he loves the guitar!
ANNIE: ... Raise some hell around here, like we used to before Larry went!
You think of him! You see? She thinks of him!
ANN: What do you mean, Kate?
Nothing. Just that you... remember him, he's in your thoughts.
ANN: That's a funny thing to say; how could I help remembering him?
Did you hang up your things?
ANN: ... Say, you've sure gone in for clothes. I could hardly find room in the closet.
No, don't you remember? That's Larry's room.
ANN: You mean... they're Larry's?
Didn't you recognize them?
ANN: Well, it never occurred to me that you'd... I mean the shoes are all shined.
For so long I've been aching for a nice conversation with you, Annie. Tell me something.
I don't know. Something nice.
CHRIS: She means do you go out much?
Oh, shut up.
KELLER: And are any of them serious?
Why don't you both choke?
KELLER: ... In five minutes thirty-nine strange people are sitting at the table telling her their life story.
If I can't ask Annie a personal question...
ANN: What do you want to know, Kate? Come on, let's gossip.
She's the only one is got any sense.
Your mother... she's not getting a divorce, heh?
ANN: ... I think when he gets out they'll probably live together. In New York, of course.
That's fine. Because your father is still... I mean he's a decent man after all is said and done.
ANN: I don't care. She can take him back if she likes.
And you? You... go out much?
ANN: You mean am I still waiting for him?
Well, no, I don't expect you to wait for him, but...
ANN: But that's what you mean, isn't it?
... Well... yes.
ANN: Well, I'm not, Kate.
ANN: Isn't it ridiculous? You don't really imagine he's...
I know, dear, but don't say it's ridiculous, because the papers were full of it. I don't know about New York, but there was half a page about a man missing even longer than Larry, and he turned up from Burma.
CHRIS: He couldn't have wanted to come home very badly, Mom.
Don't be so smart.
CHRIS: Mother, I'll bet you money that you're the only woman in the country who after three years is still...
CHRIS: Yes, I am.
Well, if you're sure then you're sure. They don't say it on the radio but I'm sure that in the dark at night they're still waiting for their sons.
CHRIS: Mother, you're absolutely--
Don't be so damned smart! Now stop it! There are just a few things you don't know. All of you. And I'll tell you one of them, Annie. Deep, deep in your heart you've always been waiting for him.
ANN: No, Kate.
But deep in your heart, Annie!
CHRIS: She ought to know, shouldn't she?
Don't let them tell you what to think. Listen to your heart. Only your heart.
ANN: Why does your heart tell you he's alive?
Because he has to be.
ANN: But why, Kate?
Because certain things have to be, and certain things can never be. Like the sun has to rise, it has to be. That's why there's God. Otherwise anything could happen. But there's God, so certain things can never happen.
I would know, Annie-- just like I knew the day he went into that terrible battle. Did he write me? Was it in the papers? No, but that morning I couldn't raise my head off the pillow. Ask Joe. Suddenly, I knew. I knew! And he was nearly killed that day.
Ann, you know I'm right!
ANN: No, Kate. (2nd)
I have to have some tea.
CHRIS: Want a hand with that ladder, Frank?
(Enter from house)
KELLER: The only one still talks about it is my wife.
That's because you keep on playing policeman with the kids. All their parents hear out of you is jail, jail, jail.
KELLER: ... And as time passed they got it confused and... I ended up a detective.
Except that they didn't get it confused. He hands out police badges from the Post Toasties boxes.
ANN: ... She's still around, I suppose?
They're all still around.
KELLER: All the ones who yelled murderer takin' my money now.
Don't, Joe, she's a sensitive girl, don't fool her.
They still remember about Dad. It's different with him-- he was exonerated, your father's still there. That's why I wasn't so enthusiastic about your coming. Honestly, I know how sensitive you are, and I told Chris, I said...
KELLER: That's why I tell you, I like to see him move back right on this block.
How could they move back?
KELLER: What the hell kinda talk is that?
That's not a thing to say about a man.
ANN: ... And how do you know Larry wasn't one of them?
I was waiting for that.
As long as you're here, Annie, I want to ask you never to say that again.
ANN: You surprise me. I thought you'd be mad at him.
What your father did had nothing to do with Larry. Nothing.
ANN: But we can't know that.
As long as you're here!
ANN: But, Kate...
Put that out of your head!
That's all, that's enough. Come inside now, and have some tea with me.
KELLER: The one thing you...
He's not dead! So there's no argument! Now come!
ANN: Simply because when you get excited you don't control yourself...
(Enter from house)
CHRIS: Sure. Give me the keys, Dad.
Drive through the park. It's beautiful now.
KELLER: What does George want?
He's been in Columbus since this morning with Steve. He's gotta see Annie right away, he says.
KELLER: What for?
I don't know.
He's a lawyer now, Joe. George is a lawyer. All these years he never even sent a postcard to Steve. Since he got back from the war, not a postcard.
KELLER: So what?
Suddenly he takes an airplane from New York to see him. An airplane!
KELLER: Well? So?
KELLER: I don't read minds. Do you?
Why, Joe? What has Steve suddenly got to tell him that he takes an airplane to see him?
KELLER: What do I care what Steve's got to tell him?
You're sure, Joe?
KELLER: Yes, I'm sure.
Be smart now, Joe. The boy is coming. Be smart.
KELLER: Once and for all, did you hear what I said? I said I'm sure!6
All right, Joe. Just... be smart.
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