STANLEY [ominously]: So? STELLA: And try to understand her and be nice to her, Stan. BLANCHE [Singing in the bathroom]: "From the land of the sky blue water, They brought a captive maidl" STELLA: She wasn't expecting to find us in such a smail place. You see I'd tried to gloss things over a little in my letters. STANLBY: So? STELLA: And admire her dress and tell her she's looking wonderful. That's important with Blanche. Her little weakness I STANLEY: Yeah. I get the idea. Now let's skip back a little to where you said the country place was disposed of. STELLA: Ohl-yes .•• STANLEY: How about that? Let's have a few more details on that subjeck. 83
SOENE TWO STELLA: It's best not to talk much about it until she's calmed down. STANLEY: So that's the deal, huh? Sister Blanche cannot be annoyed with business details right nowl STELLA: You saw how she was last night. STANLEY: Uh-hum, I saw how she was. Now let's have a gander at the bill of sale. STELLA: 1 haven't seen any. STANLEY: She didn't show you no papers, no deed of sale or nothing like that, huh? STELLA: . It seems like it wasn't sold. STANLEY: Well what in hell was it then, give away? To charity? STELLA: Shhh! She'll hear you. STANLEY: 1 don't care if she hears me. Let's see the papers! STELLA: There weren't any papers, she didn't show any papers, I don't care about papers. STANLEY: Have you ever heard of the Napoleonic code? STELLA: No, ·Stanley, I haven't heard of the Napoleonic code and if I have, 1 don't see what it-STANLEY: Let me enlighten you on a point or two, baby. STELLA: Yes? STANLEY: In the state of Louisiana we have the Napoleonic ,code 84 SOENE TWO according to which what belongs to the wife belongs to the husband and vice versa. For instance if.l had a piece of property, or you had a piece of property-STELLA: My head is swimming! STANLEY: All right. I'll wait till she gets through soaking in a hot tub and then l'1l inquire if she is acquainted with the Napo-leonic code. It looks to me like you have been swindled, baby, and when you're swindled under the Napoleonic code I'm swindled too. And 1 don't like to be swindled. STELLA: . There's plenty of time to ask her questions later but if you do now she'll go to pieces again. 1 don't understand what happened to Belle Reve but you don't know how ridiculous you are being when you suggest that my sister or 1 or any-one of our famity could have perpetrated a swindle on anyone else. STANLEY: Then where's the money if the plaCe was sold? STELLA: Not sold-lost, 10stJ [He stalks into bedroom, and she follows him.] StanleyJ [He pulls open the wardrobe trunk standing in middle of room and jerks out an armful of dresses.] STANLEY: ' Open your eyes to this stuff! You think she got them out of a teacher's pay? STELLA: Hush! STANLEY: Look at these feathers and furs that she come here to preen herself in! What's this here? A solid-gold dress, I believe!