SETTING: In the hospital room.
AT RISE: PATRICK is sitting by MARY’s bed.
Is it arranged?
(Inhale-Exhale – always there. Director’s discretion on how much to use.)
Yes, mom – it’s arranged.
How do they do it?
(Has a hard time finding the words.)
They put you on morphine and take off your mask.
And just let me suffocate?
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.
How long does it take?
Uh. . . not very long. A few hours at the most.
And I won’t wake up?
No – you won’t wake up.
Okay – let’s get it over with.
(END OF SCENE)
On to Scene 4