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Characters: Torio, Marina, Carding Time: Afternoon Scene: The interior of a squalid dwelling located on the edge of a cemetery in Manila.  The walls and roof—made of empty fruit boxes, tarpaulin, bamboo, and cardboard  patched together—threaten to collapse any minute. A door, upstage left, leads to the  outside and another, right, to the kitchen. Upstage center is a small window. At right  corner is a cot placed diagonally across the room. Two fruit boxes, standing on their  sides, serves as seats, and another, flat on ground, serves as a table where an oil lamp  gives off the only light in the semi-darkness. (Torio is lying on the cot, a manta blanket covering him to the waist. He is around 28  years old, with a square jaw and well-developed body. He is sick, his eyes being closed  as if in sleep.) (Carding, a frail-bodied, slow-moving man, in dirty pants and T-shirt, enters. He crosses  to taps him in the shoulder.) ______________________________________________ Carding: (as Torio seems to wake up) Were you asleep, Torio? Torio: No, Carding, I was not…..sit down. Carding: (still standing) So you’ve been sick. I didn’t know it until Marina told me. Torio: Where did you see her? Carding: She passed by the house just a while ago. Torio: Damn that woman! So she insisted on seeing you. I told her not to bother you! Carding: Oh….it isn’t any bother at all, Torio. I was even chiding her for not letting me  know right away. (Takes a seat at foot of cot) She was so excited when she showed up, at first I thought you were dead or dying! Torio: Don’t you let that woman alarm you again! There’s not a time when she doesn’t  worry about something. Sometimes, I even think she worries about what will worry her  next! tries to laugh but end up coughing) Carding: But she has reason to be worried. You look very sick. Torio: I’m a just a bit feverish, that’s all. Carding: (leans forward and feels Torio’s temperature) Your whole body is on fire! How  did you get that fever? Torio: I don’t know. I guess it’s the tiny wound on my foot. (exposes his right foot,  bandaged in dirty rags) Carding: Maybe you didn’t go to the dispensary as I told you. It’s nothing serious. (pulls  his foot under the blanket) Carding: Nothing serious! If it can put a man of your size and strength to bed, it is  something serious! But you need not worry. I sent Marina to the dispensary.
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  • Fall '08
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