THE SAME DAY. Tea time.
VINNIEand the RECTOR are having tea. THE REVEREND DR. LLOYDis a plump bustling man, very good-hearted and pleasant. VINNIEand DR. LLOYDhave one strong point in common: their devotion to the Church and its rituals. VINNIE's devotion comes from her natural piety; DR. LLOYD's is a little more professional.
At rise, DR. LLOYDis seated with a cup of tea. VINNIEis also seated and WHITNEYis standing next to her, stiffly erect in the manner of a boy reciting. HARLANis seated next to his mother, watching WHITNEY's performance.
WHITNEY [reciting]. "--to worship Him, to give Him thanks; to put my whole trust in Him, to call upon Him--" [He hesitates.]
VINNIE [prompting]. "--to honor--"
WHITNEY. "--to honor His Holy Name and His word and to serve Him truly all the days of my life."
DR. LLOYD. "What is thy duty toward thy neighbor?"
WHITNEY. Whew! [He pulls himself together and makes a brave start.] "My duty toward my neighbor is to love him as myself, and to do to all men as I would they should do unto me; to love, honor, and succor my father and my mother; to honor and obey--"
VINNIE. "--civil authorities."
WHITNEY. "--civil authorities. To--to--to--"
VINNIE [to DR. LLOYD]. He really knows it.
WHITNEY. I know most of the others.
DR. LLOYD. Well, he's done very well for so young a boy. I'm sure if he applies himself between now and Sunday I could hear him again-- with the others.
VINNIE. There, Whitney, you'll have to study very hard if you want Dr. Lloyd to send your name in to Bishop Potter next Sunday. I must confess to you, Dr. Lloyd, it's really my fault. Instead of hearing Whitney say his catechism this morning I let him play baseball.
WHITNEY. We won, too; 35 to 27.
DR. LLOYD. That's splendid, my child. I'm glad your side won. But winning over your catechism is a richer and fuller victory.
WHITNEY. Can I go now?
VINNIE. Yes, darling. Thank Dr. Lloyd for hearing you and run along.
WHITNEY. Thank you, Dr. Lloyd.
DR. LLOYD. Not at all, my little man.
[ WHITNEYstarts out, turns back, takes a piece of cake and runs out.]