2.55EXT. THE YARD - CLOSE SHOT - DEBBIEHere we must establish and dramatize what it is about herface that is memorable, so that if we were to see her againfive or six years later, we would know it is she -- perhapsthe eye color or the slant of eyebrow, or a trick ofscratching bridge of nose with crooked forefinger.66EXT. THE EDWARDS HOUSE - MED. SHOT - AARON - LATE AFTERNOONThe ranch house is of adobe, solidly built, with a sod andcross-timbered roof, deep windows. A small gallery or porchextends across the front. AARON EDWARDS comes through thedoor, attracted by the dog's barking -- and then he, too,sees the approaching horseman and comes farther out -- curiousbut not at all apprehensive. Aaron is a lean, weathered andtired man, with a down-swept mustache; a gentler-looking manthan Ethan and possibly a few years older.As he squints off, studying the rider, his older daughter,LUCY, comes out to stand behind him. Lucy is from 16 to 18 --a pleasant, feminine girl. She is carrying a mixing bowlwith some sort of batter in it, which she now completelyforgets to whip in her interest in the approaching stranger.In the next instant MARTHA EDWARDS follows the daughter ontothe porch. Martha is a still-lovely woman, although the yearshave etched fine wrinkles about her eyes and mouth, and workhas worn and coarsened her hands. Those hands will never beidle when Martha is on scene... And now, while she sharesthe family's interest in the approaching horseman, sheautomatically notes that Lucy has forgotten her task -- andshe takes the mixing bowl from her and stirs the batter.77EXT. YARD OF THE EDWARDS HOUSE - FULL SHOT - LATE AFTERNOONAlong the side of the house comes BEN EDWARDS, 14, with aman-sized armload of chunkwood clutched to his chest. He,too, has spotted the stranger and is all attention. So muchso that he trips, but recovers his footing. He pauses todump the wood into a woodbox by the door -- his eyes alwaysriveted on the oncoming rider -- and then he moves towardthe others, biting a splinter out of a finger. Beyond Ben,MARTIN PAULEY emerges from the barn and crosses the openground heading toward CAMERA. Martin is somewhat under 20, alithe, perfectly coordinated male animal, with Indian-straighthair and a white man's eyes. He is carrying bridle or otherhorse-gear. He looks to the family on the porch -- to see ifthey recognize the stranger -- then out again. He continues,followed by Ben, toward where Debbie crouches over her dog.