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GERRY : Out here, Jack. JACK : There you are. ( To all ) I put on my ceremonial clothes for the formal exchange. There was a time when it fitted me - believe it or not. Wonderful uniform, isn't it? GERRY : Unbelievable. I could do with that for Spain. JACK : It was my uniform when I was chaplain to the British army during the Great War. KATE : We know only too well what it is, Jack. JACK : Isn't it splendid? Well, it was splendid. Needs a bit of a clean up. Okawa's always dressing up in it. I really must give it to him to keep. KATE : It's not at all suitable for this climate, Jack. JACK : You're right, Kate. Just for the ceremony - then I'll change back. Now, if I were at home, what we do when we swap or barter is this. I place my possession on the ground - (He and GERRY enact this ritual.)
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Go ahead. (Of hat) Put it on the grass - anywhere - just at your feet. Now take three steps away from it - yes? - a symbolic distancing of yourself from what you once possessed. Good. Now turn round once - like this - yes, a complete circle - and that's the formal rejection of what you once had - you no longer lay claim to it. Now I cross over to where you stand - right? And you come over to the position I have left. So. Excellent. The exchange is now formally and irrevocably complete. This is my straw hat. And that is your tricorn hat. Put it on. Splendid! And it suits you! Doesn't it suit him? CHRIS : His head's too big. GERRY : (Adjusting hat) What about that? (To AGNES ) is that better, Agnes? AGNES : You're lovely. ( GERRY does a Charlie Chaplin walk across the garden, his feet spread, his cane twirling. As he does he sings:) GERRY : 'In olden times a glimpse of stocking Was looked on as something shocking...' JACK : (Adjusting his hat ) And what about this? Or like this? Or further back on my head? MAGGIE : Would you look at them! Strutting about like a pair of peacocks! Now - teatime! AGNES : I'll make the tea. MAGGIE : You can start again tomorrow. Let me finish off Lughnasa. Chrissie, put on Marconi. CHRIS : I think it's broken again. AGNES : Gerry fixed it. Didn't you? GERRY : Then Chrissie got at it again. CHRIS : Possessed that thing, if you ask me. KATE : I wish you wouldn't use words like that, Christina. There's still great heat in that sun. MAGGIE : Great harvest weather. KATE : I love September. MAGGIE : (Not moving ) Cooking time, girls. KATE : Walt a while, Maggie. Enjoy the bit of heat that's left. ( AGNES moves beside ROSE .) AGNES : Next Sunday, then. Is that all right? ROSE : What's next Sunday? AGNES : We'll get some more bilberries.
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ROSE : Yes. Yes. Whatever you say, Aggie. ( GERRY examines the kites.) GERRY : Not bad for a kid of seven. Very neatly made. KATE : Look at the artwork. GERRY : Wow-wow-wow-wow! That is unbelievable! KATE : I keep telling his mother- she has a very talented son. CHRIS : So there, Mr Evans. GERRY : Have you all seen these? MAGGIE : I hate them.
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