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SCENE 1: THE ASOTEA DON JULIAN AND CARMEN ARE TALKING. DON JULIAN IS BUSY TENDING TO THE PLANTS WHILE CARMEN HELPS HIM. Carmen: Papa, Alfredo seems quiet lately. Don Julian: Maybe he's been deeply in thought of his marriage. Carmen: I wonder why he seems to be still thinking about getting married. He's already thirty years old! And I'm pretty sure Esperanza is already becoming anxious. Don Julian: She does not seem to be in much of a hurry either. Carmen: How can a woman be in a hurry when the man does not hurry her? Papa, do you remember how much in love he was? Don Julian: In love? With whom? Carmen: With Esperanza, of course. He has not had another love affair that I know of. What I mean is that at the beginning he was enthusiastic--flowers, serenades, notes, and things like that--What do you think happened? Don Julian: I supposed long-engaged people are like that; warm now, cool tomorrow. I think they are oftener cool than warm. The very fact that an engagement has been allowed to prolong itself argues a certain placidity of temperament--or of affection-- on the part of either, or both. That phase you were speaking of is natural enough for a beginning. Besides, that, as I see it, was Alfredo's last race with escaping youth--A last spurt of hot blood . Carmen: (laughs) Well yes, I suppose that could be a reason. SCENE 2: THE FAMILY LIVING ROOM DON JULIAN AND CARMEN SIT AT THE SOFA WHILE ALFREDO PACES AROUND THE LIVING ROOM. ESPERANZA SITS ON THE OTHER COUCH. Don Julian: So when will be your wedding? Esperanza: We want our wedding to be as quick as possible yet well prepared, so Alfredo and I decided to schedule it in three months' time. Carmen: In three months? Is that enough time? Alfredo: We think so. After all, the parish priest is a very close friend of the family. Am I right, papa? Don Julian: Yes. The Reverend Father has been a close friend of mine. The preparations for the church wedding would be somewhat more easy. Carmen: How about the guests? Alfredo: We got the reception covered. Esperanza: We called some of our friends who are in the business of arranging events to come and help us. So it won't be much of a problem. Don Julian: Are you sure? Carmen: You didn't even asked us for our help. Esperanza: (laughs) Oh, Carmen, do not be so sad. We would still need you for the arrangements with the church. Don Julian: By the way, Judge Del Valle is inviting us to dinner tomorrow evening. It would be a fantastic time to get to know each other. Carmen: Judge Del Valle? Doesn't he have a sister? Don Julian: Oh, yes. Julia Salas. I've met her before. Very nice young girl. Carmen: I gratefully accept their invitation. It's a great time for us to bond with the neighbors. and besides, the silence in this house is driving me insane. I'd like to get out. Don Julian: You two? (to Esperanza and Alfredo) Alfredo: (looks at Esperanza. Esperanza nods with approval.) Sure. We'd be happy to come with you.
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