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Second Eddie

“it ain’t never no worry t’ her…”

Time: Late at night…

Place: In the Taggart Rail Terminal underground cafeteria.

Cast: Eddie Willers

Eddie is in a conversation with an unseen stranger, we cannot hear the responses…


Eddie Willers: “Do you take it seriously if somebody tells you that a meteor is going to destroy the earth?”

a momentary pause…

Eddie Willers: “I don’t either…”

a pause as Eddie listens…

Eddie Willers: “From Ocean to Ocean forever – that’s what we heard all through our childhood, she and I.”

a pause…

Eddie Willers: “No, they didn’t say forever, but that’s what it meant…”

a brief pause…

Eddie Willers: “You know, I’m not any kind of great man. I couldn’t have built that railroad. If it goes, I won’t be able to bring it back. I’ll have to go with it…”

…another pause…

Eddie Willers: “Don’t pay any attention to me, I don’t know why I should want to say things like that… guess I’m just a little tired tonight.”

almost right away …

Eddie Willers: “…Yes, I worked late. She didn’t ask me to stay, but there was a light on under her door, long after the others had gone… ”

a brief pause…

Eddie Willers: “Yes, she’s gone home by now…”

a bit longer as Eddie listens…

Eddie Willers: “Trouble? Oh, der’s always trouble in da office, but it ain’t never no worry t’ her…”

begins singing…

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