ADÈLE: We were like two young girls. I didn't touch my sewing. (Pause) We just talked. About nothing, really. (Pause) Will you be an angel--
The camera turns back to Adèle and Robert and comes in close as they both rise.
ADÈLE: --Robert, and walk me to the cottage?
ROBERT: It is my pleasure to serve you. (He bows.)
ADÈLE: (Takes him by the arm) What would we all do without you?
A woman's humming is heard. It is a melody that has a lovely and emphatic quality [ Gardner, "Winter Night, Gibbous Moon"]. A narrow waterway in the bayou countryside appears. Low-hanging branches reach across the still, dark water. In a moment a long flat- boat edges into the top of the screen and glides smoothly through the water. Its image is reflected in the water. Several women of different races and ages serve as crew. One woman holds a baby wrapped in soft rainbow hues. The image changes to a shot of Adèle on the shore of a small inlet in the bayou. She stands erect and calm. Other women wait with her. Their shadows undulate on the water. The boat glides to shore, and someone throws a line. There is a quick cut to an onlooker's reaching arm as she skillfully catches the rope.
A new shot: Adèles nurse is seen in the shadows of the bedroom. She holds an infant wrapped in a beige blanket in her arms. It is she who is humming. The camera turns to the bed where an exhausted Adèle lies, clutching a handkerchief. Edna walks into the frame. She is tired also; tendrils of hair lie damp on her cheek. Edna waves her hand over Adèle to dispense the fumes.
The image changes. Edna stands by the window; the camera is behind her. She leans forward in the open window, her arms braced on the sill. After a moment, she turns her face into the room, then