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Kate for heavens sake youre not serious agnes are you

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KATE : For heaven's sake you're not serious, Agnes - are you? AGNES : I think I am. KATE : Hah! There's more than Ballybeg off its head. AGNES : I think we should all go. KATE : Have you any idea what it'll be like? - Crawling with cheeky young brats that I taught years ago. AGNES : I'm game. CHRIS : We couldn't, Aggie - could we? KATE : And all the riff-raff of the countryside. AGNES : I'm game. CHRIS : Oh God, you know how I loved dancing, Aggie. AGNES : ( To KATE ) What do you say? KATE : ( To CHRIS ) You have a seven-year-old child - have you forgotten that? AGNES : ( To CHRIS ) You could wear that blue dress of mine - you have the figure for it and it brings out the colour of your eyes. CHRIS : Can I have it? God, Aggie, I could dance non-stop all night - all week - all month! KATE : And who'd look after Father Jack? AGNES : ( To KATE ) And you look great in that cotton dress you got for confirmation last year. You're beautiful in it, Kate. KATE : What sort of silly talk is - AGNES : (To KATE ) And you can wear my brown shoes with the crossover straps.
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KATE : This is silly talk. We can't, Agnes. How can we? ROSE : Will Maggie go with us? CHRIS : Will Maggie what! Try to stop her! KATE : Oh God, Agnes, what do you think? AGNES : We're going. KATE : Are we? ROSE : We're off! We're away! KATE : Maybe we're mad - are we mad? CHRIS : It costs four and six to get in. AGNES : I've five pounds saved. I'll take you. I'll take us all. KATE : Hold on now - AGNES : How many years has it been since we were at the harvest dance? - at any dance? And I don't care how young they are, how drunk and dirty and sweaty they are. I want to dance, Kate. It's the Festival of Lughnasa. I'm only thirty-five. I want to dance. KATE : ( Wretched ) I know, I know, Agnes, I know. All the same - oh my God-I don't know if it's - AGNES : It's settled. We're going - the Mundy girls – all five of us together. CHRIS : Like we used to. AGNES : Like we used to. ROSE : I love you, Aggie! I love you more than chocolate biscuits! ( ROSE kisses AGNES impetuously, flings her arms above her head, begins singing 'Abyssinia' and does the first steps of a bizarre and abandoned dance. At this KATE panics.) KATE : No, no, no! We're going nowhere! CHRIS : If we all want to go - KATE : Look at yourselves, will you! Just look at yourselves! Dancing at our time of day? That's for young people with no duties and no responsibilities and nothing in their heads but pleasure. AGNES : Kate, I think we - KATE : Do you want the whole countryside to be laughing at us? - women of our years? - mature women, dancing? What's come over you all? And this is Father Jack's home - we must never forget that - ever. No, no, we're going to no harvest dance. ROSE : But you just said - KATE : And there'll be no more discussion about it. The matter's
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over. I don't want it mentioned again. (Silence. MAGGIE returns to the garden from the back of the house. She has the hen bucket on her arm and her hands are cupped as if she were holding something fragile between them.
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  • Fall '11
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