Happy Days: A Play in Two Acts
In the 1st act Winnie is buried as much as her waist in a mound of earth, yet nonetheless has using her hands and few earthly possessions—toothbrush, tube of toothpaste, small reflect, revolver, handkerchief, spectacles; within the moment act she is embedded as much as her neck and will circulation in simple terms her eyes. Willie lives and moves—on all fours—behind the mound, showing intermittently and replying in basic terms sometimes into Winnie’s lengthy monologue, however the wisdom of his presence is a resource of convenience and suggestion to her, and probably the prerequisite for all her “happy days.”
And now? [Pause.] Sing. [Pause.] Sing your track, Winnie. [Pause.] No? [Pause.] Then pray. [Pause.] Pray your prayer, Winnie. [Pause. Willie turns web page. Pause.] WILLIEWanted brilliant boy. [Pause. Winnie gazes sooner than her. Willie turns web page. Pause. Newspaper disappears. lengthy pause.] WINNIEPray your outdated prayer, Winnie. [Long pause.] Curtain ACT II Scene as ahead of. Winnie imbedded as much as neck, hat on head, eyes closed. Her head, which she will be able to now not flip, nor bow, nor increase, faces entrance.
Pause. She clasps arms to breast back, closes eyes, lips stream back in inaudible addendum, say 5 seconds. Low.] international ceaselessly Amen. [Eyes open, arms unclasp, go back to mound. Pause.] commence, Winnie. [Pause.] start your day, Winnie. [Pause. She turns to bag, rummages in it with out relocating it from its position, brings out toothbrush, rummages back, brings out flat tube of toothpaste, turns again entrance, unscrews cap of tube, lays cap on flooring, squeezes with hassle small blob of paste on.
Spectacles, places them on and examines card.] No yet this is often simply actual natural dust! [Examines card.] Make any nice-minded individual are looking to vomit! [Impatience of Willie’s arms. She seems for glass, takes it up and examines card via glass. lengthy pause.] What does that creature within the history imagine he’s doing? [Looks closer.] Oh no relatively! [Impatience of arms. final lengthy glance. She lays down glass, takes fringe of card among correct forefinger and thumb, averts head, takes nostril among left.
Sleep on. [She turns again entrance. Intermittent plucking at grass, head up and down, to animate following.] Ah definite, if merely i'll endure to be on my own, I suggest prattle away with no longer a soul to listen to. [Pause.] no longer that I flatter myself you listen a lot, no Willie, God forbid. [Pause.] Days probably if you listen not anything. [Pause.] yet days too in the event you resolution. [Pause.] in order that i could say consistently, even if you don't solution and maybe pay attention not anything, anything of this can be being heard, i'm really not in simple terms.
Burning. Pause.] Ah earth you previous extinguisher. [Back front.] I presume this has happened ahead of, notwithstanding i can't recollect it. [Pause.] are you able to, Willie? [Turns a bit in the direction of him.] are you able to keep in mind this having happened sooner than? [Pause. Cranes again to examine him.] have you learnt what has happened, Willie? [Pause.] have you ever long gone off on me back? [Pause.] i don't ask while you are alive to all that's occurring, I basically ask when you've got no longer long past off on me back. [Pause.] Your eyes seem to be closed, yet.