RALPHI did catch a few lobsters, and withoutopening my eyes, what do you make of that?He continues to row along in his little boat, as she walks with somedifficulty at times, negotiating the rugged coastline.NELLIEI’ll tell you what I told you the firsttime you said you were doing that,‘You’re going to crash into someone andswim home without a paycheck.’RALPHIt won’t happen, all the rest of them knowthat I do it!RALPH is nearing the wharf, as the last of the sun can be seen on thehorizon. NELLIE is watching as he winces while lifting the heavy cratewith lobsters to the top of the wharf. Her look is one of discontentand inner struggle.NELLIE(recovering)I have two more pupils!RALPHReally? You’ll make more than me soon.NELLIEI already do RALPH.RALPH(smiling)Well, you’re smarter than me, and have moreeducation, it’s only right that I put youto work.NELLIE:I would hardly call grade 12 an educationRALPH, and as far as work goes, teachingpiano at home isn’t exactly a job.(Ralph rests the crates on wharf, and secures his boats with a shortline. He then climbs up a short ladder and begins securing ropes tothe bow and stern of his boat. He neglects to remove the small rope hetied to hold the boat in position. He picks up one end of his crate,NELLIE picks up the other side, and they begin to walk.)RALPH:You don’t have to do it, Nell.NELLIE:RALPH, we already decided. And you’re notbacking out now, not ever.
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