Scene 3

Scene 3

SETTING:                   In the hospital room.

AT RISE:                   PATRICK is sitting by MARY’s bed.

MARY

Is it arranged?

(Inhale-Exhale – always there. Director’s discretion on how much to use.)

PATRICK

Yes, mom – it’s arranged.

MARY

How do they do it?

PATRICK

(Has a hard time finding the words.)

They put you on morphine and take off your mask.

MARY

(alarmed)

And just let me suffocate?

PATRICK

No! No – mom. They wait until you’re unconscious and then they remove the mask. You won’t feel a thing.

(not believing his own words)

You’ll be sleeping the whole time. They’ll keep you like that until you stop breathing.

MARY

(pauses)

How long does it take?

PATRICK

Uh. . . not very long. A few hours at the most.

(liar!)

MARY

And I won’t wake up?

PATRICK

No – you won’t wake up.

MARY

(short pause)

Okay – let’s get it over with.

(BLACKOUT)

(END OF SCENE)

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On to Scene 4