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(RALPH is looking for property in Wolfville. Empty house across the street from the WATLEY house has a 'for sale' sign on it. He parks his car on the street when he sees the sign on the lawn.) FARLEN watches from his patio as a black car pulls into the driveway. RALPH in black suit gets out, goes up to the house, and peers in through a window, he then turns, walks over to the 'for sale' sign in the lawn and pulls it up, carries it to the car and throws it into the trunk. Gets into his car and drives off. MARQUEE - TWO WEEKS LATER EXT. QUEEN ST. WOLFVILLE, NS. DAY. FARLEN WATLEY watches again, this time RALPH and NELLIE are pulling up together towing a little trailer. They get out of the car, NELLIE is bouncing up and down, they run up the walkway and this time RALPH fishes in his pockets for the keys. He begins to get frantic as he looks and looks, NELLIE watches impatiently. FARLEN chuckles to himself as this takes place. RALPH is exasperated and throws his hands up in the air. NELLIE has her hands on her hips; her expression not one of amusement. RALPH reaches out and tries the door, it's open. NELLIE shrieks and runs inside, RALPH bounds back to the car, and pulls out a bottle of champagne. He runs into the house and slams the door behind him. FARLEN can hear hooting and hollering. END SCENE (The Neighbors, FARLEN and MARTHA WATLEY have a mundane marriage. However they live on Queen St., opposite the JEFFERY's. FARLEN enjoys sitting outside and watching the antics of RL. FARLEN's wife, MARTHA, reaps the benefit of her husband's voyeurism. RALPH's forgetfulness causes him to get in ‘hot water’ with NELLIE, so he often brings home flowers. When RALPH is with NELLIE, she consumes him, distracts him. Her love and sensual appeal represent the very variable he sought for in logic. Their marriage is exemplary and so, watching on, FARLEN WATLEY is inspired by RALPH's antics, and so, begins to emulate a portion of this to his wife, unbeknownst to her.)
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MARQUEE - THREE MONTHS LATER EXT. QUEEN ST. WOLFVILLE, NS. DUSK. FARLEN WATLEY, across the street from the JEFFERY residence, sits on his patio deck, watching with intent as RALPH and NELLIE arrive home in their car and quickly run into the house. WATLEY soon hears music, the Charleston, and can see into the window as RALPH, throws off his coat and hat. WATLEY’s face has a very serious and fixed gaze as his neighbors shake and rattle around the floor of their dining room. His eyes turn to slits and narrow their focus. He’s menacing. Suddenly, WATLEY gets up, the camera follows him as he goes into his house, down the corridor, into the parlor, to the phonograph, he selects an album, still in the wrapper, he holds it, still with stonyface stare, then suddenly breaks into a toothy grin, he winds the player, puts on the album, it's the same music we just heard from across the street, it loudens, as the man's face is enraptured. His face again reverts back to granite. The menace returns.
He then turns and the camera follows him, he searches out the rooms in the house until he finds his wife, knitting in the sunroom, he fixes his eyes on hers, she returns a furrowed brow, this is strange behavior for him, she thinks, he advances and takes her hand and pulls her to her feet. As they are frozen there, him grim, her curious, the music comes into focus, he begins to shake and rattle with his serious expression, and her laughter echoes, as the shots fade in and out of their progressing merriment and lack of modesty.
WOLFVILLE. NS. EVENING.
WATLEY is sitting on his patio as usual. RALPH is arriving home in the car, and parks without turning off his driving lights. WATLEY doesn’t notice this. MRS. WATLEY: FARLAN are you eating? FARLAN (runs inside)
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