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Rose and he wants to bring me up to the back hills

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ROSE : And he wants to bring me up to the back hills next Sunday - up to Lough Anna. His father has a boat there. And I'm thinking maybe I'll bring a bottle of milk with me. And I've enough money saved to buy a packet of chocolate biscuits. CHRIS : Danny Bradley is a scut, Rose. ROSE : I never said it was Danny Bradley! CHRIS : He's a married man with three young children. ROSE : And that's just where you're wrong, missy - so there! ( To AGNES ) She left him six months ago, Aggie, and went to England.
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MAGGIE : Rose, love, we just want - ROSE : ( To CHRIS ) And who are you to talk, Christina Mundy! Don't you dare lecture me! MAGGIE : Everybody in the town knows that Danny Bradley is - ROSE : ( To MAGGIE ) And you're jealous, too! That's what's wrong with the whole of you - you're jealous of me! ( To AGNES ) He calls me his Rosebud. He waited for me outside the chapel gate last Christmas morning and he gave me this. (She opens the front of her apron. A charm and a medal are pinned to her jumper.) 'That's for my Rosebud,' he said. AGNES : Is it a fish, Rosie? ROSE : Isn't it lovely? It's made of pure silver. And it brings you good luck. AGNES : It is lovely. ROSE : I wear it all the time - beside my miraculous medal. ( Pause .) I love him, Aggie. AGNES : I know. CHRIS : ( Softly ) Bastard. ( ROSE closes the front of her apron. She is on the point of tears. Silence. Now MAGGIE lifts her hen-bucket and using it or a dancing partner she does a very fast and very exaggerated tango across the kitchen floor as she sings in her parodic style the words from 'The Isle of Capri?:) MAGGIE : 'Summer time was nearly over; Blue Italian skies above. I said, "Mister, I'm a rover. Can't you spare a sweet word of love?"' (And without pausing for breath she begins calling her hens as she exits by the back door:) Tchook-tchook-tchook-tchook-tchook-tchook-tchook- tchookeeeeeee... ( MICHAEL enters and stands stage left. ROSE takes the lid off the range and throws turf into the fire.) CHRIS : For God's sake, I have an iron in there! ROSE : How was I to know that? CHRIS : Don't you see me ironing? ( Fishing with tongs .) Now you've lost it. Get out of my road, will you! AGNES : Rosie, love, would you give me a hand with this ( Of
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wool ). If we don't work a bit faster we'll never get two dozen pairs finished this week. (The convention must now be established that the (imaginary) BOY MICHAEL is working at the kite materials lying on the ground. No dialogue with the BOY MICHAEL must ever be addressed directly to adult MICHAEL , the narrator. Here, for example, MAGGIE has her back to the narrator. MICHAEL responds to MAGGIE m his ordinary narrator's voice. MAGGIE enters the garden from the back of the house.) MAGGIE : What are these supposed to be? BOY : Kites. MAGGIE : Kites! God help your wit! BOY : Watch where you're walking, Aunt Maggie - you're standing on a tail. MAGGIE : Did it squeal? - haaaa! I'll make a deal with you, cub: I'll give you a penny if those things ever leave the ground.
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  • Fall '11
  • Kerins
  • Ode, 2007 singles, 2005 singles, 2008 singles, 2004 singles, UK Singles Chart number-one singles, KATE MAGGIE ROSE

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