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M. Gustave pushes his cart to the next cell. These convicts are
all asleep. M. Gustave says with a musical lilt:
Rise and shine. Chop-chop!
A wiry, pint-sized convict the shape of a fire-hydrant squints
out from under his covers. He is Pinky.
Good morning, Pinky.
Pinky yawns and sets his feet to the floor. The convicts in the
other bunks also begin to rustle. Their faces are brutal, and
their bodies are hard and powerful. They are Günther and Wolf.
(A fourth convict, also in the room, begins to get out of bed,
as well -- but his face is not revealed for the moment.)
M. Gustave reaches to the lower shelf of the cart and produces a
pink pastry-box. All the convicts quickly gather at a small
table. (The fourth convict sits with his back to the camera.)
Pinky says eagerly:
Mendl’s again?
Precisely. Who’s got the throat-slitter?
Günther digs in his sock and takes out a small weapon consisting
of a half-toothbrush fixed with wire to a hand-slivered
straight-razor cut into serrated teeth. M. Gustave folds open
the pastry-box and cuts a Courtesan au chocolat into careful
segments. The convicts eat daintily. Wolf says, chewing:
Out of this world.
Mendl’s is the best. Well, back to work.
M. Gustave rises. Pinky says suddenly:
Mr. Gustave?

M. He darts to the door. Wolf. GUSTAVE (somewhat moved) What a lovely thing to say. He signals for M. M. Gustave bows slightly. and images of the grim reaper. Ludwig. His arms are tattooed heavily with skulls. Thank you. Thank you. Numerous short scars chop skinny. He nods: PINKY Tell him. M. CUT TO: The fourth convict. dear Pinky. then closes it softly. vent. PINKY You’re one of us now. GUSTAVE Well. Ludwig takes a deep breath. He has one silver tooth and a bit of butter-cream icing on the side of his mouth. I couldn’t ask for a finer tribute. Yeah? Pinky exchanges a look with the others. but I appreciate the sentiment. Günther. He is Ludwig. Gustave. bald lines into his shorn scalp. You got broad-gauge iron bars on every door. skeletons. M. M. We think you’re a real straight fella. You got barb’ wire on every containment wall and . They all lean in closer as Pinky whispers: PINKY Me and the boys talked it over. They nod. I’ve never been accused of that before. slightly puzzled. Gustave to sit back down. GUSTAVE Anything else? Pinky looks to the fourth convict. and window. looks up and down the corridor. Thank you. obeys. He launches into his spiel: LUDWIG Check-point Nineteen ain’t no two-bit hoosegow. He hesitates.

nobody’s (more) LUDWING (cont´d) sayin’ it’s a stroll down a tree-lined promenade with a fine lady and a white poodle. like the best of ‘em. You got seventy-two guards on the floor and sixteen more in the towers. Now. This shows great artistic promise. GUSTAVE Question: how do you intend to penetrate . which in this case happens to take the form of a stormdrain sewer-system datin’ from the time of the original rock fortification way back in the middle ages. barricade. GUSTAVE (impressed) Very good. M. M. it’s got a soft spot. You’ve got a wonderful line. Take a look. GUSTAVE Who drew this? LUDWIG (stiffening) What do you mean. Gustave examines it with fixed concentration. Ludwig smiles slightly. Ludwig produces a crude but highly detailed map and floor-plan of the castle compound drawn with charcoal on a strip of butcher paper.and that’s our bread and butter. Ludwig. You got a 325 foot drop into a moat full of crocodiles -.but. Gustave points on the map: M. M. He says pointedly: M. pleased and slightly embarrassed. but it’s got what you’d call “vulnerability” -. “Who drew this?” I did.

I expect that would take three to six months of continual effort. he sits up straight and frowns. and vegetables. and that’s provin’ hard to come by in this flop-house. Mr. Mr. secondhand street clothes. We got fake documents. Moustafa?” I finally asked. during which time several of our members will have been violently executed. AUTHOR (V.but we need diggin’ tools. “Oh.) At this point in the story.O. The camera zooms-in slowly toward the crinkled wrapper of the Courtesan au chocolat as the five inmates all stare at it together. M. “It’s only that I don’t know how to proceed. no. listless. Moustafa is immobile. and sigh. is it not? Digging with the throat-slitter. curious -. it’s twenty-five inches of reinforced granite masonry.” he said. and a rope-ladder made out of sticks and bunk-linens -. I could see he was in distress. “Are you ill. M. His eyes went blank as two stones. sauces.” He was crying. Gustave taps rapidly on the table with the jerry-rigged shiv. CUT TO: Mr. Suddenly. Mr. . Gustave nods gravely. the old man fell silent and pushed away his saddle of lamb. this lowest rudiment? If I interpret the legend correctly. Gustave. dear me. The others watch him. LUDWIG You hit the nail on the head there. Moustafa and the author at their dinner table surrounded by meats.then look where he is looking. The others slump.

I suppose there’s no way around it. The author looks worried. Moustafa dries his eyes with his napkin. Mr.even at the thought of her name -. I never speak of Agatha. but the tears instantly return. MR. You see. because -.I’m unable to control my emotions. Moustafa smiles sadly with tears streaming down his cheeks. MOUSTAFA You see. she saved us. MR. MOUSTAFA Well.Mr. . He shrugs.