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Revenge

Published By Josef Weinberger

BILLListen, lady. I don’t know who you are, or what you’re after, but I’m not the sort of man you can play these games with.
MARYNo. I’m sure you’re not.
BILLTry and get clever here and you’ll find I can play very rough.
MARYIs that what Mark Tilling found out? (PAUSE) You look taken aback, Bill.
BILLMark Tilling? Is that where you got all this filth?
MARYWhy – did he know about it too? (PAUSE) Bit of a slip, that. Rather given yourself away there, haven’t you?
BILLWho the bloody hell are you?
MARYThe question is, who are you? Are you an honourable man? Do you play according to the rules, or are you someone whose confidence can mean a stab in the back at any moment? (HE STARTS TOWARDS HER. SHE INSTANTLY RAISES THE VASE) Don’t come any nearer. (HE STOPS)
BILLYou’re on the wrong track. I’m not the villain you appear to think.
MARYThe evidence would not appear to support you.
BILLWhat evidence?
MARYThe evidence Mark Tilling found, for one.
BILLI thought so. You’ve been talking to him.
MARYI can’t talk to him any more though, can I? He’s dead. Smashed up and burned to a cinder in his car. How convenient for you.
BILLThat was nothing to do with me. I was miles away, on my way to Frankfurt.
MARYYou weren’t miles away the day before yesterday.
BILLWhat the hell are you suggesting?
MARYI’m asking whether you’ll go to any lengths to get what you want. I’m asking whether you’ll commit murder.
 (HE STARTS FOR HER WITH HIS FIST RAISED. SHE CALMLY LETS THE VASE FALL. IT SMASHES IN THE HEARTH. STUNNED PAUSE. HE STAGGERS BACK)
BILLJesus Christ! You’re insane!
MARYI don’t think so. It’s only a vase. What’s that against a man’s life?
BILLWhat do you want?
MARYJust the truth.
BILLWhat is your connection with Mark Tilling?
MARYNone.He’s dead.
BILLWhat was your connection?
MARYI was hoping to marry him.
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