FOTB Act III Scene 1

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FOTB Act III Scene 1
2014-04-08 16:35:19
Father Bride

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  1. (Act III. Mrs Banks enters with coffee.)
    Thank you, Ellie!
  2. Mrs Banks: I think I'll take another peek at Kay.
    When did she finally get to sleep?
  3. Mrs Banks: After the last time you called the hospitals -- somewhere around six.
    Don't wake her, Ellie!
  4. Mrs Banks: No...No... (phone rings)
    Hello....No, not yet, not a thing.
  5. Mrs Banks: Who? Who is it, Stanley?
    His Mother again.
  6. Mrs Banks: Oh!
    No...No, Mrs Dunstan, there's no use calling the hospitals again. I called them just a few hours ago and left both phone numbers, yours and ours.....You say it's not like Buckley? He usually comes home when anything goes wrong? Well, perhaps this isĀ  a little differrent. Try not to worry. I know that sounds silly but he seems a sound lad to me....Yes! Yes! The police have my number, too. ....His father called all the phone numbers he could think of. No luck? ...Oh! Please Mrs Dunstan, don't let yourself get hysterical. ...You what? ... Oh! You keep thinking he might be wandering around lost -- why? ...Oh! Amnesia --but he's only been gone one night. Please try not to worry. ...Yes, I will --the minute I hear anything.
  7. Mrs Banks: She's asleep!
    Good. --Now my coffee's cold.
  8. Mrs Banks: I'll get you some more.
    No! Sit down, Ellie, for goodness' sake. You've been on your feet all night. I've had too much coffee, anyway.
  9. Mrs Banks: What do we do now?
  10. Mrs Banks: Stanley, you don't think...? Buckley's not the type to do anything foolish.
  11. (Phone rings) Mrs Banks: Well answer it, Stanley.
    Keep calm, Ellie.
  12. Mrs Banks: Answer it, answer it!
    Hello! ... Well, I'll be--!
  13. What is it? Who is it?
    Haven't you any more sense than that?
  14. Mrs Banks: Stanley Banks, if you don't tell me who it is...
    What do I mean...? (To Ellie) It's Ben!
  15. Ben!
    I mean what I say! I should think you'd have more sense, that's all.
  16. Mrs Banks: ...don't call anymore, dear, we'll call you. No, no, he's not angry, just a little nervous. Goodbye, Ben.
    (long silence) This is almost as bad as when Kay had appendicitis.
  17. Mrs Banks: Yes!
    What do people have children for, anyway?
  18. Mrs Banks: Why don't you go up and lie down, dear!
    No, no. (pause) But you should.
  19. Mrs Banks: I couldn't. (She fidgets)
    Don't fidget, Ellie.
  20. Mrs Banks: Oh! I'm sorry. I've got to do something.
  21. Mrs Banks: I can't. You don't think you could call the hospitals again?
    They'll just think we are crackpots if we do.
  22. Mrs Banks: Yes, I suppose so. (phone rings) Stanley--
    Hello. ...Who? Who is it you want to speak to? ...There's no Douglas here., this is 528. ...(yelling) Well -- why the heck don't you dial what you want? (slam) Wrong number! How many times a day does some idiot dial a wrong number? It's an outrage!
  23. Mrs Banks:(Sniffle) Oh, dear! Oh, dear--
    Ellie, don't cry!
  24. Mrs Banks: It's just this waiting --it makes you so nervous.
    I know. Buck up, old girl! (arm around) Don't you start to crack up.
  25. (door bell rings) Mrs Banks: That's Buckley's ring! Stanley...that's Buckley!
    Ellie ... Let me talk to him alone.
  26. Mrs Banks: What shall I do? Shall I wake Kay?
    No, no, let her sleep. Let me talk to him. I know what I'm doing, Ellie.
  27. Mrs. Banks: All right, dear.
    Go upstairs. I'll call you.
  28. Buckley: Mr Banks...I...I...
    Later, Buckley. Have you had breakfast?
  29. Buckley: No sir.
    Delilah...a cup of hot coffee, please!
  30. Delilah: Yes, sir!
    Buckley: Kay told you, did she?
    Yes....some....she didn't explain.
  31. Buckley: Ho could she?
    We were worried about you, Buckley! Where were you?
  32. Buckley: Driving.
    Anywhere in particular?
  33. B: Just around and around. I don't know where! D: Mr. Buckley! B: Hello, Delilah.
    Give him the coffee, Delilah.
  34. Buckley: See? Even Delilah knows I'm no good...
    Drink the coffee, Buckley.
  35. Buckley: How's Kay?
  36. Buckley: ....I called her names...I called her a liar and a cheat...I walked out on her!
  37. Buckley: Because she promised me...a long time ago--that there would be only fifty people...
    At the wedding? She did? So--that was why she was so upset?
  38. Buckley: Yes, and then I found out...and I accused her of deceiving me deliberately...
    What made you change your mind, Buckley?
  39. Buckley: ...after we quarrelled she threw it at me and told me to read it myself...and I did...somewhere in the middle of the night.
  40. Buckley: It was my mother's list of people she wanted friends!
    My gosh! We forgot your list!
  41. Buckley: There were a hundred and thirty-five people on Mother's hundred and thirty-five--...Mr Banks, why don't you throw me out?
    Because I find I like you, son.
  42. Buckley: You couldn't like me!
    I find I do. Cheer up, Buckley.
  43. Buckley: ....but she said she tried to keep it the way I wanted it but she couldn't. And I didn't believe her and I insulted her...and then my own mother...
    Buckley...let's say that thee are certain things in which men and women don't see eye to eye... (pause) Are you listening?
  44. Buckley: Yes, sir?
    Did you ever hear of a man who wanted a big Wedding?
  45. Buckley: No, I didn't!
    There may be a few, but I never met one. (pause) And yet there are a lot of big weddings. I deduce from that that most women do want a Big Wedding...including your mother, including Kay's mother, and including Kay.
  46. Buckley: But why? Mr. Banks. If I could only see why...
    Now you've got it, Buckley...stick to that..."If I could only see why," and to make it harder, half the time the women don't know "why" themselves.
  47. Buckley: Do you know, Mr. Banks?
    Sometimes I takes working at...(pause) You think of getting married as a very private thing.
  48. Buckley: Yes...I can't help it, I do, Mr. Banks.
    You're wrong, Buckley. I'll tell you what's really happening: you're being paraded in front of the tribe and you've got a great big sign on you ten feet square and the sign reads "This one is mine. Look at him and remember he is mine, and if he strays or is stolen he is to be returned to me! By tribal law he is to be returned to me."
  49. Buckley: Well, for gosh' sake! That's awful!
    Buckley, we do sometimes stray and get stolen.
  50. Buckley: How can you day a thing like that! I wouldn't any more do that to Kay...You've no right.
    I know, son, but it does happen....
  51. Buckley: Yes...I guess it does....
    And then there's the other side of it. In case everyone should think the poor guy's just a sucker, the bride wears a sign ten feet square, too, and it says, "Don't feel sorry for him. Look at me. I'm beautiful. I'm worth it."
  52. Buckley: Do you really think it's that?
    Yes I do.
  53. Buckley: You mean that's the way Kay thinks about it?
    No! No! Buckley! She doesn't think about it that way at all...but that's the way she feels without knowing it...and it's very confusing for her because she's trying to please you, too.
  54. Buckley: I can see it would be confusing...and I was...I talked to her like a brute!
    Why don't we say you talked like a man and she talked like a woman, and neither one knew what the other was talking about!
  55. Buckley: You don't think I'm...I'm...well...a skunk?
    No. Just regulation!
  56. Buckley: Do you think she'd see me?
    No skin off your nose to try... Ellie....Ellie...
  57. Mrs Banks: Yes, dear.
    Would you ask Kay to come down? Buckley wants to see her.
  58. Mrs Banks: I'll ask her.
    Buckley: Do you think it's possible she might forgive me?
    It's possible...yes.
  59. Mrs Banks: Stanley!
    Yes, Ellie?
  60. Mrs Banks: She'll be right down.
    So far so good! And I'm going for a walk. I've got a lot of telephoning to do at the corner drug-store.
  61. Buckley: Oh! Don't go, Mr. Banks, sir!
    You're on your own now, Buckley.