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Kate enters left laden with shopping bags when she

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( KATE enters left, laden with shopping bags. When she sees the BOY working at his kites her face lights up with pleasure. She watches him for a few seconds. Then she goes to him.) KATE : Well, that's what I call a busy man. Come here and give your Aunt Kate a big kiss. (She catches his head between her hands and kisses the crown of his head.) And what's all this? It's a kite, is it? BOY : It's two kites. KATE : (Inspecting them ) It certainly is two kites. And they're the most wonderful kites I've ever seen. And what are these designs? (She studies the kite faces which the audience cannot see.) BOY : They're faces. I painted them. KATE : ( Pretended horror ) Oh, good Lord, they put the heart across me! You did those? Oh, God bless us, those are scarifying! What are they? Devils? Ghosts? I wouldn't like to see those lads up in the sky looking down at me! Hold on now... (She searches in her bags and produces a small, wooden spinning-top and whip .) Do you know what this is? Of course you do - a spinning-top. Good boy. And this - this is the whip. You know how to use it? Indeed you do. What do you say? BOY : Thanks. KATE : Thank you, Aunt Kate. And do you know what I have in here? A new library book! With coloured pictures! We'll begin reading it at bedtime. (Again she kisses the top of his head. She gets to her feet.) Call me the moment you're ready to fly them. I wouldn't miss that for all the world. (She goes into the kitchen.) D'you know what he's at out there? Did you see, Christina? Making two kites! CHRIS : Some kites he'll make.
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KATE : All by himself. No help from anybody. AGNES : You always said he was talented, Kate. KATE : No question about that. And very mature for his years. CHRIS : Very cheeky for his years. ROSE : I think he's beautiful, Chris. I wish he was mine. CHRIS : Is that a spinning-top he has? KATE : It's nothing. ( MICHAEL exits left.) CHRIS : Oh, Kate, you have him spoiled. Where did you get it? KATE : Morgan's Arcade. CHRIS : And I'm sure he didn't even thank you. ROSE : I know why you went into Morgan's! KATE : He did indeed. He's very mannerly. ROSE : You wanted to see Austin Morgan! KATE : Every field along the road - they're all out at the hay and the corn. ROSE : Because you have a notion of that aul Austin Morgan! KATE : Going to be a good harvest by the look of it. ROSE : I know you have! She's blushing! Look! Isn't she blushing? ( CHRIS holds up a skirt she is ironing.) CHRIS : You'd need to put a stitch in that hem, Rosie. ROSE : ( To KATE ) But what you don't know is that he's going with a wee young thing from Carrickfad. KATE : Rose, what Austin Morgan does or doesn't do with - ROSE : Why are you blushing then? She's blushing, isn't she? Why-why-why, Kate? KATE : ( Sudden anger ) For God's sake, Rose, shut up, would you! ROSE : Anyhow we all know you always had a - AGNES : Rosie, pass me those steel needles - would you, please?
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