We light fires round the periphery of the circle and

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ceremony is a real spectacle. We light fires round the periphery of the circle; and we paint our faces with coloured powders; and we sing local songs; and we drink palm wine. And then we dance - and dance - and dance - children, men, women, most of them lepers, many of them with misshapen limbs, with missing limbs - dancing, believe it or not, for days on end! It is the most wonderful sight you have ever seen! ( Laughs .) That palm wine! They dole it out in horns! You lose all sense of time...! Oh, yes, the Ryangans are a remarkable people: there is no distinction between the religious and the secular in their culture. And of course their capacity for fun, for laughing, for practical jokes - they've such open hearts! In some respects they're not unlike us. You'd love them, Maggie. You should come back with me! How did I get into all that? You must stop me telling these long stories. Exercise time! I'll be back in ten minutes; and only last week it took me half an hour to do number four. You've done a great job with me, Kate. So please do keep nagging at me. (He moves off- then stops.) It's not Gilbert and Sullivan, is it? KATE : Sorry? JACK : That quotation. KATE : What's that, Jack? JACK : 'O ruddier than the cherry / O sweeter than the berry' - no, it's not Gilbert and Sullivan. But it'll come back to me, I promise you. It's all coming back. (Again he moves off.) KATE : Jack. JACK : Yes? KATE : You are going to start saying Mass again? JACK : We've agreed on next Monday, haven't we? Haven't we, Maggie?
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MAGGIE : Yes. JACK : At first light. The moment Rose's white cock crows. A harvest ceremony. You'll have to find a big gong somewhere, Kate. (He leaves. Pause. KATE and MAGGIE stare at each other in concern, in alarm. They speak in hushed voices.) KATE : I told you - you wouldn't believe me -I told you. MAGGIE : Shhh. KATE : What do you think? MAGGIE : He's not back a month yet. KATE : Yesterday I heard about their medicine man who brought a woman back from death - MAGGIE : He needs more time. KATE : And this morning it was 'the spirits of the tribe'! And when I mentioned Mass to him you saw how he dodged about. MAGGIE : He said he'd say Mass next Monday, Kate. KATE : No, he won't. You know he won't. He's changed, Maggie. MAGGIE : In another month, he'll be - KATE : Completely changed. He's not our Jack at all. And it's what he's changed into that frightens me. MAGGIE : Doesn't frighten me. KATE : If you saw your face... of course it does... Oh, dear God- ( MAGGIE now drifts back to the range. KATE goes to the table and with excessive vigour wipes it with a damp cloth. Then she stops suddenly, slumps into a seat and covers her face with her hands. MAGGIE watches her, then goes to her. She stands behind her and holds her shoulders with her hands. KATE grasps MAGGIE 'S hands in hers.) MAGGIE : All the same, Kitty, I don't think it's a sight I'd like to see. KATE : What sight? MAGGIE : A clatter of lepers trying to do the Military Two-step.
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