Friday, December 7, 2007
"Winchester's Christmas Carol"
A street in London. Five children stand on a corner. They have been looking in shop windows at displays of food and toys and games. One child walks with the aid of a crutch.
Oldest Girl: Did you see that beautiful Christmas tree in Featherstone's? All loaded with candles and candy canes!
Next Oldest Girl: I wish we could have a tree like that in our house.
Middle Boy: We've never had a Christmas tree in our whole lives.
Tiny Ellsworth: Maybe we will this year.
Third Girl: Really? Do you really think so, Tiny Ellsworth?
Next Oldest Girl: How? Papa doesn't make hardly any money. Thanks to that stingy old Mr. Scrooge.
Tiny Ellsworth: Mr. Scrooge is just--close with his money, that's all. I bet he gives Papa a raise and a great big turkey, just like the one in Wallingham's window!
Oldest Girl: In your dreams!
Middle Boy: I wonder what turkey tastes like. I found a chicken bone in the garbage once. Do you think it's better than that?
Third Girl: Mama said we're having gruel, even though it's Christmas. I'm so sick of gruel!
Tiny Ellsworth: Gruel is good for us. Anyway, the important thing is that we'll all be together.
Oldest Girl: Tiny Ellsworth, sometimes I think you fell off your stool by the firelace one time too many.
End of Scene Three