Happy whatd you do biff with great tension and wonder

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happy : What’d you do? biff [ with great tension and wonder ]: Well, he left, see. And the secretary went out. I was all alone in the waiting-room. I don’t know what came over me, Hap. The next thing I know I’m in his office—paneled walls, everything. I can’t explain it. I—Hap, I took his fountain pen. happy : Geez, did he catch you? biff : I ran out. I ran down all eleven flights. I ran and ran and ran. happy : That was an awful dumb—what’d you do that for? biff [ agonized ]: I don’t know, I just—wanted to take something, I don’t know. You gotta help me, Hap, I’m gonna tell Pop. happy : You crazy? What for? biff : Hap, he’s got to understand that I’m not the man somebody lends that kind of money to. He thinks I’ve been spiting him all these years and it’s eating him up.
D E A T H O F A S A L E S M A N 82 happy : That’s just it. You tell him something nice. biff : I can’t. happy : Say you got a lunch date with Oliver tomorrow. biff : So what do I do tomorrow? happy : You leave the house tomorrow and come back at night and say Oliver is thinking it over. And he thinks it over for a couple of weeks, and gradually it fades away and nobody’s the worse. biff : But it’ll go on for ever! happy : Dad is never so happy as when he’s looking for- ward to something! [ willy enters. ] happy : Hello, scout! willy : Gee, I haven’t been here in years! [ stanley has followed willy in and sets a chair for him. stanley starts off but happy stops him. ] happy : Stanley! [ stanley stands by, waiting for an order. ] biff [ going to willy with guilt, as to an invalid ]: Sit down, Pop. You want a drink? willy : Sure, I don’t mind. biff : Let’s get a load on. willy : You look worried. biff : N-no. [ To stanley ] Scotch all around. Make it doubles. stanley : Doubles, right. [ He goes. ] willy : You had a couple already, didn’t you? biff : Just a couple, yeah. willy : Well, what happened, boy? [ Nodding affirmatively, with a smile ] Everything go all right? biff [ takes a breath, then reaches out and grasps willy s hand ]: Pal . . . [ He is smiling bravely, and willy is smiling too. ] I had an experience today. happy : Terrific, Pop.
A C T T W O 83 willy : That so? What happened? biff [ high, slightly alcoholic, above the earth ]: I’m going to tell you everything from first to last. It’s been a strange day. [ Silence. He looks around, composes himself as best he can, but his breath keeps breaking the rhythm of his voice. ] I had to wait quite a while for him, and— willy : Oliver? biff : Yeah, Oliver. All day, as a matter of cold fact. And a lot of—instances—facts, Pop, facts about my life came back to me. Who was it, Pop? Who ever said I was a sales- man with Oliver? willy : Well, you were. biff : No, Dad, I was a shipping clerk. willy : But you were practically— biff [ with determination ]: Dad, I don’t know who said it first, but I was never a salesman for Bill Oliver. willy : What’re you talking about? biff : Let’s hold on to the facts tonight, Pop. We’re not going to get anywhere bullin’ around. I was a shipping clerk. willy [ angrily ]: All right, now listen to me— biff : Why don’t you let me finish? willy : I’m not interested in stories about the past or any crap of that kind because the woods are burning, boys, you understand? There’s a big blaze going on all around. I was

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