(To "M" discreetly) Let's be realistic. (To RUTH) And
dearest, I noticed you had your eyes on that self
adjusting leg rest in the orthopaedic shop.
Oh, could we?…
I think we could even stretch to a cream tea at the
You're trying to drive me to ecstacy.
And a film.
Something romantic and funny.
Something romantic and funny.
Oh, Bri-bri, you do spoil me. I really am silly to
complain about things.
She snuggles up to him. "M" shrugs and leaves.
Go and get ready, sweetheart.
She starts to go and then stops.
Darling….Last night I awoke about three o'clock…You
were asleep and I saw a woman leaning over you…. I
wonder if it was Charlotte. I know you loved her so
much that perhaps you draw her back…in some form or
I don't think so.
You loved her more than me. Of course I can
understand why. She was special and I'm pretty
You are the most special woman in the world, so don't
talk nonsense. Nobody could surpass you in looks,
intelligence, knowledge of German and Spanish,
anything, and that's why I shall always love you,
dearest, more than anybody else, past or present.
Anyway, we'll go out and live it up. Why not?… I'll just
have to phone the bank manager for a loan first.
They both chuckle. As they fade into blackness, NINA gets into her bed as JESS hands her a letter out of a shabby opened suit- case. ALBERT
sits in a chair.
SCENE EIGHTEEN. BRIGHTON GUEST HOUSE.
NINA is reading out a letter to ALBERT and JESS.
"Darling Cheeky. I never dreamed…a love like this was
possible…It is an elevating and"…(To JESS) Can you
read that? Oh, Puggy's writing was unspeakable.
FAWCETT enters slowly. FAWCETT
"Immeasurably profound, utterly independent of the
gross passion and robbing, I think, even death of much
of its terror." So romantic. Oh, dear I'm feeling a little
under the weather. But I'll try and persevere…
"It brings to my mind… the beauty of the Eastern
"…that we two have played out our parts together in
another existence before this and will play them
together still in ages to come".
"A loss?…not of body to body but of soul to soul"…No
sorry, it's " love, not of body to body but of soul to
soul". Erm. Oh, my godfathers. "The…" What's that?
Oh, his handwriting! "The chastening joys of many
phases of existence"… Dear Puggy, couldn't you ever
learn to put a comma in the right place?
"Will merge into a glorious eternal unity…That perfect
love and happiness which is the fount of all existence."
"It would be unreasonable to believe we have finished
with all sorrows, but whatsoever is in store, Cheeky,
will only cement our love".
She wipes away a tear and then carries on cheerfully. FAWCETT leaves. NINA
Oh, dear. I think the staff here are trying to poison me.
I've never felt so unwell.
We'll go and let you have some rest.
No, no. I want to show you that cutting.
She rummages through the yellowing bits of paper. NINA
A Mr Rattin, a Swiss trapper talked to my husband
recently. He met him and says he was being held by
savages as a sort of mascot. Mr Rattin wants to return
with a rescue party…
She passes the cutting to ALBERT.
This is some years old. Many years.
I thought that was a recent report, that one. I thought
it was last year. Oh well. Never mind.
Thirty years? That many? But they're still alive now.
I'm sure of it. Albert… I believe your film can truly
shake the world with the revelations I'm going to give
you. In that case there…I managed to get some papers
from my son's house. Take them now before he finds
(Singing) "Wee bonnie boat like a bird on the wing…"
NINA starts to choke and fall back in pain. NINA
(Dramatically quiet) All who have experienced sorrow
can understand how I feel.
"M" draws a black veil across the scene. BRIAN appears in a spotlight.
SCENE NINETEEN. BRIAN'S BUNGALOW IN CARLISLE/GREY AREA.
BRIAN speaks to the audience. "M" officiates during the scene.
I had a call at ten pm from the landlady of Mother's
boarding house saying that Mother was asking for me
and that it looked like the end. I immediately set off in
the car. I drove through the night but found on arrival
that Mother was dead and her body had already been
taken to the undertaker's chapel.