[ AMANDAcloses the door hesitantly and with a troubled but faintly hopeful expression.
[SCREEN IMAGE: GLAMOR MAGAZINE COVER
[Spot AMANDAat phone.]
AMANDA. Ella Cartwright? This is Amanda Wingfield! How are you, honey? How is that kidney condition? [Count five] Horrors! [Count five] You're a Christian martyr, yes, honey, that's what you are, a Christian martyr!
Well, I just now happened to notice in my little red book that your subscription to the Companion has just run out! I knew that you wouldn't want to miss out on the wonderful serial starting in this new issue. It's by Bessie Mae Hopper, the first thing she's written since Honeymoon for Three.
Wasn't that a strange and interesting story? Well, this one is even lovelier, I believe. It has a sophisticated, society background. It's all about the horsey set on Long Island!
LEGEND ON SCREEN: "ANNUNCIATION." Fade with music.
It i's early dusk of a spring evening. Supper has just been finished in the Wingfield apartment. AMANDAand LAURAin light-colored dresses are removing dishes from the table, in the upstage area, which is shadowy, their movements formalized almost as a dance or ritual, their moving forms as pale and silent as moths.
TOM, in white shirt and trousers, rises from the table and crosses toward the fire-escape.
AMANDA [as he passes her]. Son, will you do me a favor?
AMANDA. Comb your hair! You look so pretty when your hair is combed!
[ Tomslouches on sofa with evening paper. Enormous caption "'Franco Triumphs"]
There is only one respect in which I would like you to emulate your father.
TOM. What respect is that?