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Alfredo: Always?Julia: No, of course you’re right.Alfredo: Why did you say this is the last time?Julia: I am going home.Alfredo: *LONG PAUSE, THINKING*When?Julia: Tomorrow. I received a letter from Father and Mother yesterday. They want me to spend Holy Week at home.
*LONG PAUSE* That is why I said this is the last time.Alfredo: Can’t I come to say good – bye?Julia: Oh, you don’t need to!Alfredo: No, but I want to.Julia: There is no time. *LOOKS AT THE OCEAN*Home seems so far from here. This is almost like another life.Alfredo: I know. This is Elsewhere, and yet strange enough, I cannot get rid of the old things.Julia: Old things?Alfredo: Oh, old things, mistakes, encumbrances, old baggage.*THEY HELD HANDS BUT JULIA DIDN’T FACE ALFREDO*Alfredo: Good – byeSCENE 9: Carmen & EsperanzaEsperanza: To what do I owe this pleasure of this visit, my beautiful sister in law?Carmen: *Chuckles* This is the reason why I like you for Alfredo.Esperanza: Why are you here? Is there something bothering you?Carmen:I just missed you in our house. I don’t see you and my brother as often as before. Are you both fine?Esperanza: Don’t worry, Carmen. We are fine. You know how workaholic your brother is.Carmen: Is he? But why does he always go out with Julia Salas.Esperanza: Julia Salas?
Carmen: Yes, Judge’s del Valle sister in law. Didn’t Alfredo mention it to you?Esperanza: I don’t know. Maybe he’s not worth it to mention.Carmen: But they’re getting closer for my liking. If I haven’t known Alfredo I might think Julia is his fiancée.Esperanza: I am not in the position for unsolicited and unprovoked jealousies, Carmen. If a man is married, he is not ought to seek comforts in the arms of another woman. If he is engaged, he does not love somebody else.Carmen: I just don’t understand, four years ago, he was so crazy over you but now, it’s like he’s tired of—Esperanza: Stop thinking whatever it is, Carmen. I’m going to get your food and drink. Make yourself at home.SCENE 10: Holy ThursdayAlfredo: Good evening. I had been thinking all this time that you had goneJulia: No, my sister asked me to stay until they are ready to go.Alfredo: Oh, is the judge going?Julia: Yes.*LONG PAUSE*Julia: Mr. Salazar, I wish to congratulate you.Alfredo: For what?Julia: For your approaching wedding. I should have offered congratulations long before, butyou know mere visitors are slow about getting the newsAlfredo: Are weddings interesting to you?
Julia: When they are of friends, yes.Alfredo: Would you come if I asked you?Julia: When is it going to be?Alfredo: MayJulia: May is the month of happiness they sayAlfredo: They say, would you come?Julia: Why not?Alfredo: No reason. I am just asking. Then you will?Julia: If you will ask meAlfredo: Then I ask you.Julia: Then I will be there.