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KATE : Come in and join us, Jack. JACK : May I? MAGGIE : You're looking well, Jack. JACK : Yes? I expected to enter my bedroom through that... what I am missing - what I require... I had a handkerchief in my pocket and I think perhaps I - CHRIS : (Taking one from the ironing pile) Here's a handkerchief. JACK : I thank you. I am grateful. It is so strange: I don't remember the - the architecture? - the planning? - what's the word? - the lay-out! - I don't recollect the lay-out of this home... scarcely. That is strange, isn't it? I thought the front door was there. (To KATE ) You walked to the village to buy stores, Agnes? KATE : It's Kate. And dozens of people were asking for you. JACK : They remember me? KATE : Of course they remember you! And when you're feeling stronger they're going to have a great public welcome for you - flags, bands, speeches, everything! JACK : Why would they do this?
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KATE : Because they're delighted you're back. JACK : Yes? KATE : Because they're delighted you're home. JACK : I'm afraid I don't remember them. I couldn't name ten people in Ballybeg now. CHRIS : It will all come back to you. Don't worry. JACK : You think so? AGNES : Yes, it will. JACK : Perhaps... I feel the climate so cold... if you'll forgive me... AGNES : Why don't you lie down for a while? JACK : I may do that... thank you... you are most kind... (He shuffles off. Pause. A sense of unease, almost embarrassment.) KATE : ( Briskly ) It will be a slow process but he'll be fine. Apples ... butter... margarine... flour... And wait till you hear! Who did I meet in the post office! Maggie, are you listening to me? MAGGIE : Yes? KATE : You'll never believe it - your old pal, Bernie O'Donnell! Home from London! First time back in twenty years! MAGGIE : Bernie... KATE : Absolutely gorgeous. The figure of a girl of eighteen. Dressed to kill from head to foot. And the hair! - as black and as curly as the day she left. I can't tell you - a film star! MAGGIE : Bernie O'Donnell... TE: And beside her two of the most beautiful children you ever laid eyes on. Twins. They'll be fourteen next month. And to see the three of them together - like sisters, I'm telling you. MAGGIE : Twin girls. KATE : Identical. MAGGIE : Identical. KATE : Nora and Nina. ROSE : Mother used to say twins are a double blessing. MAGGIE : Bernie O'Donnell... oh my goodness... KATE : And wait till you hear - they are pure blond! 'Where in the name of God did the blond hair come from?' I asked her. 'The father. Eric,' she says. 'He's from Stockholm.'
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AGNES : Stockholm! ROSE : Where's Stockholm, Aggie? KATE : So there you are. Bernie O'Donnell married to a Swede. I couldn't believe my eyes. But the same bubbly, laughing, happy Bernie. Asking about everybody by name. ( MAGGIE goes to the window and looks out so that the others cannot see her face. She holds her hands, covered with flour, out from her body.) CHRIS : She remembered us all? KATE : Knew all about Michael; had his age to the very month. Was Agnes still the quickest knitter in Ballybeg? Were none of us thinking of getting married? - and weren't we wise!
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