to the dark shadows of the porch. The music stops, and Léonce's voice is heard offscreen. The camera moves further back.
LÉONCE: Coming, Edna?
She seems not to hear; she holds an unlit cigarette gracefully, motionlessly, in her lap.
This scene, which is silent and composed of erratic close shots, takes place in Adèle's bedroom. Edna stands by one side of the bed, her arms crossed, her posture tense, her eyes averted. Dr. Mandelet bends over Adèle on the other side. He administers chloroform to her with a gauze mask attached to a long, thin tube. At the other end is a dark green bottle, which is held high by the nurse. The doctor's manner has elements of contradiction; he appears solicitous, yet he also looks bored. As Dr. Mandelet attends to Adèle, shots of Adèle's disheveled hair, shadows on the wall, the empty wicker cradle, and a formal painting of Adèle are interposed. Then the image changes to Edna as she looks at Dr. Mandelet with a disturbed expression on her face. He winks over at her, and then the doctor turns and nods toward the doorway.
On an unsteady trajectory the camera moves slowly down from the top of citrus trees to the flowering bushes, then to the low plants bordering the sandy path. All the while a low murmur of voices is heard. Two figures move into the frame at extreme close shot. The camera pulls back to reveal Edna and Adèle, walking arm in arm. Adèle wears a frilly white gown, gloves, several brooches--one at her upright collar. A fan is attached to a long chain, and a bulky brocaded bag is fastened to her waist with pink ribbons. A lacy hat completes the costume. Edna's tailored white dress has a thin vertical lavender stripe. She wears her straw hat. Adèle holds one side of her skirt over her arm, but this is just a gesture, as both their skirts