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Directors Tell the Story, 2nd Edition by Mary Lou Belli, Bethany Rooney

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Appendix

Original Scenes

1 MAN/1 WOMAN SCENE

INT. SOLDIER’S LIVING ROOM—DAY

The Soldier and his Wife stand in an embrace in the doorway. Then she pulls away.

WIFE

Come in, come in, let’s not stand here, let me get your—

(she reaches for his duffel bag)

SOLDIER

No, it’s fine, just leave it on the porch.

They walk into the room, and stand there a moment, awkwardly.

WIFE

It’s just, so good, so … why didn’t you call? I would have picked you up—

SOLDIER

I just wanted to get home.

WIFE

And you did. And here you are.

(suddenly, starting for the kitchen)

Can I get you something? You must be—

SOLDIER

I’m fine.

WIFE

Some water? A beer?

SOLDIER

No, I’m fine. Thank you.

He wanders around the room a bit, touching things. She watches him.

WIFE

It’s so good ...

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