ELENA: Write to me, but never give me your address. God bless you!
CLAUDIA: Mother, I'm going to have a child.
ELENA: Have an abortion.
CLAUDIA: I want to have the baby.
ELENA: Even if I never see you again, God bless you! (Curtain.)
Later that same day. At FRANCES' apartment. She enters all dressed up, carrying a bridal bouquet. CARLOS watches television. He suddenly sees FRANCES. He stands up and turns off the TV.
CARLOS: Where is the groom?
FRANCES: Not far.
CARLOS: Do I know him?
FRANCES: Quite well. Did you get me the money?
CARLOS: I didn't even try.
FRANCES: The five thousand dollars?
CARLOS: I was waiting for you.
FRANCES: Let me have the money that you and Claudia made today.
CARLOS: This morning you sneaked out on me.
FRANCES: Where is Claudia?
CARLOS: She went to visit her mother.
FRANCES: Carlos, if you don't give me that money, I'll send you to a reformatory.
CARLOS: If you don't give me my birth certificate, I'll turn you in to the police.
FRANCES: You're an ungrateful ill-bred boy. What the fuck do you want those papers for?
CARLOS: I'm going to join the Army.
FRANCES: So, you'll have to wait. I don't know where the hell I've put them.
CARLOS: Search for them, son of a bitch, or I'll break you in two.
FRANCES: If you raise your hand against me, I'll kill you. (CARLOS approaches aggressively. FRANCES grabs the bat, the one with which CARLOS had been playing and threatens to hit him. He retreats.)
FRANCES: For your information, I must tell you that legally you're married to Morales' sister.
CARLOS: Me, married?