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Boys like you are always fixing so ething. Coul! you fix VAL. What’s wrong with your sli""er? CAROL. Why are you "reten!ing not to re e ber VAL. #t’s har! to re e ber so eone you ne$er et. e? e? y sli""er?
CAROL. %hen why’! you look so startle! when you saw VAL. &i! #? CAROL. # thought for a
o ent you’! run back out the !oor. ake e walk in a hurry but # !on’t think it’s e$er e. Better? a!e e run.
VAL. %he sight of a wo an can ' (ou’re stan!ing in y light.
CAROL. ) o$ing asi!e slightly* Oh+ excuse VAL. %hanks, CAROL. Are you afrai! #’ll snitch? VAL. &o what?
CAROL. -nitch? # woul!n’t. #’ not a snitch. But # can "ro$e that # know you if # ha$e to. #t was /ew (ear’s 0$e in /ew Orleans. VAL. # nee! a s all "air of "liers , CAROL. (ou ha! on that 1acket an! a snake ring with a ruby eye. VAL. # ne$er ha! a snake ring with a ruby eye. CAROL. A snake ring with an e eral! eye? VAL. # ne$er ha! a snake ring with any kin! of an eye , )Begins to whistle softly+ his face a$erte!* CAROL. )s iling gently* %hen aybe it was a !ragon ring with an e eral! eye or a !ia on! or a ruby eye. (ou tol! us that it was a gift fro a la!y osteo"ath that you’! et so ewhere in your tra$els an! that any ti e you were broke you’! wire this la!y osteo"ath collect+ an! no atter how far you were or how long it was since you’! seen her+ she’! sen! you a oney or!er for twenty2fi$e !ollars with the sa e sweet essage each ti e. 3# lo$e you. When will you co e back?4 An! to "ro$e the story+ not that it was !ifficult to belie$e it+ you took the latest of these sweet essages fro your wallet for us to see , )-he throws back her hea! with soft laughter. 5e looks away still further an! busies hi self with the belt buckle* ' We followe! you through
#f it’s a clear night you s"rea! a blanket a ong the e orial stones on Cy"ress 5ill+ which is the local bone orchar!+ but if it’s not a fair night+ an! this one certainly isn’t+ why+ usually then you go to the #!lewil! cabins between here an! -unset on the &ixie 5ighway . /aw+ you’re not young at thirty if you’$e been on a go!!a ):icks u" his guitar an! sings an! "lays . %hat’s lo$ely. Any correction so far? VAL. Oh+ !on’t you know what that is? %hat’s where you get in a car an! !rink a little an! !ri$e a little an! sto" an! !ance a little to a 1uke box an! then you !rink a little ore an! !ri$e a little ore an! sto" an! !ance a little ore to a 1uke box an! then you sto" !ancing an! you 1ust !rink an! !ri$e an! then you sto" !ri$ing an! 1ust !rink+ an! then+ finally+ you sto" !rinking . VAL.5ea$enly <rass. Whene$er "a"er oney was !ro""e! in the kitty you blew a whistle. (ou ga$e e a 7uick+ sober look. ' %hat’s about what # figure!. What’s 1ooking? CAROL. 6y cousin Bertie an! # !ro""e! in fi$e !ollars+ you blew the whistle fi$e ti es an! then sat !own at our table for a !rink+ -chenley’s with -e$en 8". But # !on’t go that route. # went u" to the bar where you were stan!ing an! touche! your 1acket an! sai!+ 3What stuff is this a!e of?4 an! when you sai! it was snakeskin+ # sai!+ 3# wish you’! tol! e before # touche! it. Why are you so anxious to "ro$e # know you? CAROL. %hanks.fi$e "laces before we a!e contact with you an! # was the one that a!e contact. VAL. ' What !o you !o then? CAROL. Because # want to know you better an! better9 #’! like to go out 1ooking with you tonight. (ou’re young at thirty ' # ho"e so9 #’ twenty2nine9 "arty since you were fifteen9 VAL. VAL. %hat !e"en!s on the weather an! who you’re 1ooking with. &o you re e ber what # sai! to you? # sai!+ 3What on earth can you !o on this earth but catch at whate$er co es near you+ with both your fingers+ until your fingers are broken?4 #’! ne$er sai! that before+ or e$en consciously thought it+ but afterwar!s it see e! like the truest thing that y li"s ha! e$er s"oken+ what on earth can you !o but catch at whate$er co es near you with both your han!s until your fingers are broken . 6any ha""y returns on your birth!ay+ -nakeskin. 5ea$y !rinking an! s oking the wee! an! shacking with strangers is okay for ki!s in their twenties but this is y thirtieth birth!ay an! #’ all through with that route.. . (ou sai!+ 36aybe that will learn you to hol! back your han!s. Carol has taken a "int of bourbon fro her trench coat "ocket an! she "asses it to hi * CAROL.4 An! you sai! so ething not nice. CAROL.4 # was !runk by that ti e+ which was after i!night. (ou showe! us all those signatures on your guitar . After singing you "asse! the kitty. # think you no!!e! slightly+ an! then you "icke! u" your guitar an! began to sing. )Looks u" with !ark eyes* #’ not young any ore.
e#ery step of the way * and then arrested2 )uess what for! Lewd #agrancy2 3hhuh$ that was the charge$ 4lewd #agrancy$5 because they said that potato sac I had on was not a respectable garment.. Oh$ it says you>re di#orced and that I went craAy. Oh$ I suppose it was partly e"hibitionism on my part$ but it wasn/t completely e"hibitionism0 there was something else in it$ too.and my father too a heart attac at 1tar La e.anley dragged me into the record room because I didn>t want to climb the ropes in gym and I told her my s ull was growing. I/m %ust a 4lewd #agrant..'ell$ all that was a pretty long time ago$ and now I/m not a reformer anymore.and all that stuff.O. 1o she dragged me out of gym class$ and she thought I couldn>t read upside down while she was sitting opposite me with the history. And then I told him to go loo in the history and then he>d find out.hey chatter together li e birds on Cyprus . I wal ed barefoot in this burlap sac to deli#er a personal protest to the go#ernor of the state.he 9ffect of )amma Rays on (an-in-the-(oon (arigolds :..er #oice is li e a passionate incantation.: . +1he opens the door.hese are awful. You now$ I really did thin my s ull was growing.a #ery simple instruction. . And I told him the disease you had was fatal and there wasn>t much hope for you..illie>s out of school so much. Ruth$ .I deli#ered stump speeches$ wrote letters of protest about the gradual massacre of the coloured ma%ority in the country. I read the whole thing last term when (iss . 1omething li e that.Orpheus descending CAROL: I used to be what they call a Christ-bitten reformer.1imple2 .and now you>re a widow. 9ither that or a tumor.hey do tal there. And when that 'illie (c)ee thing came along * he was sent to the chair for ha#ing improper relations with a white whore * +.e called me out of sewing class yesterday * I remember because my blouse wasn>t all buttoned * and he wanted to now why . And I told him you had what (other>s last patient had. 'hene#er they go loo up the history then they don>t bother me anymore @cause they thin I>m craAy.. . 6ut I could.... .. Lower2 . If you>d switch bac to ?ools it might be worth it$ but ugh2 . And I told him you had ringworm and gangrene.. .he history is %ust a little folder with the story of our li#es in it$ that>s all. I/#e told you my story$ the story of an e"hibitionist. You now what that is! .I made a fuss about it..a e me out to Cyprus .. 7ow I want you to do something for me.igher2 I wish you>d ma e up your mind.1.5 how lewd a 4lewd #agrant5 can be if she puts her whole heart into it li e I do mine2 All right.8ust li#e.. You now how far I got! 1i" miles out of town * hooted$ %eered at$ e#en spit on2 ..6. ..ill$ but all they say is one word and that one word is 4li#e$5 they say$ 4Li#e$ li#e$ li#e$ li#e$ li#e25 It/s all they/#e learned$ it/s the only ad#ice they can gi#e. I li ed ?ools better. And we/ll hear the dead people tal .ill in my car...aul <indel= R3. I told him you were ill$ and he wanted to now what ind$ so I told him you had leprosy. And it says that I e"aggerate and tell stories and that I>m afraid of death and ha#e nightmares. .whatchamacallit! ..his was in winter.Carol . I wish you>d go bac to ?ools. I thought it was wrong for pellagra and slow star#ation to cut them down when the cotton crop failed from army worm or boll wee#il or too much rain in summer.soriasis! Yeah. You should ha#e seen his face. I put on a potato sac and set out for the capital on foot. I wanted to$ tried to$ put up free clinics$ I s&uandered the money my mother left me on it. .e was so cute...5 And I/m showing the 41. .A ind of benign e"hibitionist.