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Dressed not unattractive returning from a long walk

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dressed, not unattractive, returning from a long walk on a summer day. She walks slowly, lethargically, towards the house. From her right hand hangs a red poppy that she plucked casually along the road. Her face reveals nothing - but nothing is being deliberately concealed. She sees Agnes's cans of fruit. She stops beside them and looks at them. Then she puts her hand into one of
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the cans, takes a fistful of berries and thrusts the fistful into her mouth. Then she wipes her mouth with her sleeve and the back of her hand. As she chews she looks at her stained fingers. She wipes them on her skirt. All of these movements-stopping, eating, wiping - are done not dreamily, abstractedly, but calmly, naturally. Now she moves towards the house. As she approaches the door AGNES rushes to meet her. Instead of hugging her, as she wants to, she catches her arm.) AGNES : Rosie, love, we were beginning to get worried about you. ROSE : They're nice, Aggie. They're sweet. And you got two canfuls. Good for you. ( AGNES leads her into the house.) AGNES : Is your stomach settled? ROSE : My stomach? AGNES : You weren't feeling well - remember? - when we were at the quarry? ROSE : Oh, yes. Oh, I'm fine now, thanks. AGNES : You left me there and you said you were coming home to lie down. D'you remember that? ROSE : Yes. CHRIS : But you didn't come home, Rosie. ROSE : That's right. AGNES : And we were very worried about you. ROSE : Well... here I am. CHRIS : Were you in the town? AGNES : That's why you're all dressed up, isn't it? CHRIS : You went into Ballybeg, didn't you? (Pause. ROSE looks from one to the other.) MAGGIE : ( Briskly ) She's home safe and sound and that's all that matters. Now I don't know about you girls but I can tell you this chicken is weak with hunger. Let me tell you what's on the menu this evening. Our beverage is the usual hot, sweet tea. There is a choice between caraway-seed bread and soda bread, both fresh from the chefs oven. But now we come to the difficulty: there's only three eggs between the seven of us -I wish to God you'd persuade that white rooster of yours to lay eggs, Rosie. CHRIS : There are eight of us, Maggie. MAGGIE : How are there - ? Of course - the soldier up the
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sycamore! Not a great larder but a nice challenge to someone like myself. Right. My suggestion is... Eggs Ballybeg; in other words scrambled and served on lightly toasted caraway-seed bread. Followed - for those so inclined - by one magnificent Wild Woodbine. Everybody happy? CHRIS : Excellent, Margaret! MAGGIE : Settled. ( ROSE has taken off her shoe and is examining it carefully.) AGNES : We'll go and pick some more bilberries next Sunday, Rosie. ROSE : All right. AGNES : Remember the cans you had? You had your own two cans - remember? Did you take them with you? ROSE : Where to, Aggie? AGNES : Into the town... wherever you went... ROSE : I hid them at the quarry behind a stone wall. They're safe there. I'll go back and pick them up later this evening. Does anybody know where my overall is?
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  • Fall '11
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  • Ode, 2007 singles, 2005 singles, 2008 singles, 2004 singles, UK Singles Chart number-one singles, KATE MAGGIE ROSE

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