September 21, 1990. The bassinette is back out, and Granny, Matilda, and Harry are all
looking in it, at Nellie’s little sister, Goldie. On the opposite side of the stage,
Nellie and Shakespeare are sitting on the floor, talking, and playing with a few of her dolls.
GRANNY. She’s so beautiful.MATILDA. I still can’t believe how tiny she is. Isn’t she so tiny,
SHAKEPEARE. Yes, Nellie?NELLIE. How much does a puppy dog weigh?SHAKESPEARE. We
ll assuming what kind of puppy dog… and how old he was… as
much as a mountain.NELLIE. Oh. I thought so.
(They play some more.)
Have you given any thought about you going back to work yet?MATILDA. Maybe in a few months. Three, perhaps. But Har
ry’s going to have to put
in longer hours, I think. Is that going to be ok, honey?
She already has such beautiful blonde hair.MATILDA. And she looks so peaceful sleeping.
(They sigh, and continue to stare at her, somewhat in a trance.)
SHAKESPEARE. Yes, Nellie?NELLIE. Why is the ocean blue?
SHAKESPEARE. Well, it’s because at the beginning of the world, everything was
made out of beautiful blue gems, Then it got so windy that they startederoding.NELLIE. Eroding?SHAKESPEARE. Breaking apart, little by little. And each little bit turned into araindrops, eventually filling up the ocean and making it blue.
NELLIE. Oh. I thought so. Hey, let’s play Peter Pan.
SHAKESPEARE. We played Peter Pan yesterday.