Scene 7

Scene 7

SETTING:                   The hospital hallway.

AT RISE:                   PATRICK and DR. LANDEN stand facing

each other.

PATRICK

(angry)

I don’t believe what just happened in there!

DR. LANDEN

(conciliatory)

Look – I’m really sorry. But I had no other option.

PATRICK

You could have let her go. Wouldn’t have that been better – more humane.

DR. LANDEN

Maybe. . . But I can’t just do what I want. We have strict guidelines for these things. I could get fired – lose my license.

(PATRICK exhales loudly.)

DR. LANDEN

She didn’t suffer. You can see that. She doesn’t even know what happened.

PATRICK

I wouldn’t be so sure about that.

(pauses – shaking his head)

So, what happens now?

DR. LANDEN

We get more morphine and start again.

PATRICK

And how long will that take?

DR. LANDEN

Probably another hour.

PATRICK

(exhales again)

Jesus! . .

(BLACKOUT)

(END OF SCENE)

*

On to Scene 8