Number 2 was most intriguing to me. A lunatic? It was certainly true. One of the many times she'd been put away for hearing voices and who knows whatever else, during that month Mr. Hayes had asked his girl Lucy to send flowers to the hospital. He'd never said what kind of hospital but Lucy knew –and everyone knew what Kings Park State Hospital was.

She was in and out of hospitals. Crazy. And, Richard Hayes for all his good looks and opportunities for cheating, he remained honorable and stoic. So naturally at first, I thought it was all in my head. That I'd gotten a crush, innocent enough and that it would pass or at least nothing would come of it. Then when things seemed to follow an unspoken reciprocation, I blamed myself for my feelings. Oh and I suppose I blamed mother too. I'd given her too much say in how I presented myself at the office. Too many hours at Neiman Marcus trying on and buying pencil skirts and blouses, her eyeing me up and down, inspecting my figure. My mother had class but she knew how to accentuate natural beauty with a hint of something more. She knew well because she had been very beautiful and although with a little less glamour, I was pretty too. She'd sit outside the fitting rooms and nod to the sales girl when something worked. She picked my pumps and stockings.

"There you are. Perfectly feminine and respectable. You'll make a beautiful bride."

So I was designed and delivered to these hungry sharks. I didn't need to be coy or even openly interested. Mother was right, I was asked on many dates and even went on one or two but I began to see that finding a husband would not be easy. It seemed that most of the men made me quite repulsed. Even handsome Allen Drake or Mitch Williams. Oh I found them loathsome and I didn't know why. Or maybe I did. Maybe it was that tether, it pulled harder around other prospects. I didn't know it but I wanted Richard Hayes.

SOUND MUSIC / SFX

---------------SCENE 1 HAYES, ROTH, & JOHNSON OFFICES

SOUND TYPING. OFFICE NOISE / CHATTER.

LUCY
Just about done with that contract?

ANDREA
(types for a few seconds. Stops, pulls the paper out of the typewriter). Yes. I'm done with it. I hope to never see another contract from studabaker again.

LUCY
I don't blame you. Listen, I wanted to tell you what I found out yesterday.

ANDREA
Gossip?

LUCY
Mrs. Hayes is back in the hospital again. Waterville state Hospital. She had an attack again last night.

ANDREA
What kind of attack.

LUCY
It's a lunatic asylum.

ANDREA
What happened to her?

LUCY
I can tell you she's crazy as a bat—poor thing. She's a real looney. Her poor little daughter.

ANDREA
One little girl, right. Mr. Hayes one child?

LUCY
That's right. I just don't think it's right to have children when you are so crazy—I worked until 200 in the morning over at their apartment-I was up reading to the little girl. she couldn't fall asleep—of course.

ANDREA
You went home at two in the morning?

LUCY
No. I stayed on the couch. Don't you recognize my outfit from yesterday?

ANDREA
No. I hadn't.

LUCY
It's just about every night these days. I'll be glad when I leave this place. Never come back. Really, I feel sometimes as if I'm being taken advantage of.

ANDREA
Yes. I would too. (pause) Is she beautiful?

LUCY
Who Mrs. Hayes? Margaret Hayes?

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