††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† SCENE II

†††††††††††† In downtown New Athens, various people are seen shopping in a marketplace. A

†††††††††††† disembodied voice, PHILOCTES, is heard in a radio broadcast.

†††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† PHILOCTES

†††††††††††† Good morning New Athens, this is Philoctes, voice of the people, speaker of

†††††††††††† truth and enemy of corruption, ready for another morning of sticking up for the

†††††††††††† little guy and sticking it to the bastards. You with me? I hope so, Ďcause Philoctes

†††††††††††† doesnít take prisoners. He gets you in his sight, pulls the trigger and goes out

†††††††††††† for coffee before youíve had time to say ďMy gods above, what a pure,

†††††††††††† unadulterated piece of man!Ē

 

†††††††††††† Two young women, LYSISTRATA and CALONICE enter.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† CALONICE

†††††††††††† Man, itís cold today. My butt is technically an ice cube. The oracle says itís

†††††††††††† supposed to warm up. I can never tell what theyíre saying because theyíre always

†††††††††††† rambling on about cold fronts and wind chills and the dangers of defying the will

†††††††††††† of the gods. Do you think itíll warm up, Lysistrata?

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† LYSISTRATA

†††††††††††† Even if it does life will still be a bleak, oppressive prison from which there is no

†††††††††††† earthly escape.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† CALONICE

†††††††††††† You know itís been really hard to have a casual conversation with you lately.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† LYSISTRATA

†††††††† ††††Sorry. All the usual stuffís been getting me down.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† CALONICE

†††††††††††† Yeah.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† LYSISTRATA

†††††††††††† Thanks for shopping with me. It gets pretty lonely at home these days.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† CALONICE

†††††††††††† Of course! You should come over to my place more you know, youíre a great

†††††††††††† help with Icarus and Persephone. And they miss you.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† LYSISTRATA

†††††††††††† I know, Iím sorry I havenít. Iíve just been really contemplative I guess. Doesnít

†††††††††††† help that we have to listen to this moron in every public place.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† CALONICE

†††††††††††† Adoraís supposed to be on the show today.

 

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† LYSISTRATA

†††††††††††† Yeah, in the role of ďsacrificial lambĒ.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† PHILOCTES

†††††††††††† We begin todayís installment of broadcast excellence with the morning news. Itís

†††††††††††† Market Day, the day you ladies have been patiently waiting for all month!

†††† ††††††††And the better news is that Chancellor Lycon has announced a twelve percent

†††††††††††† increase in this monthís food and household fuel allotments. Thirteen percent for

†††††††††††† consumers on the Alpha payment plan. Now, folks, you know Iím a journalist

†††††††††††† and I donít have any political biases whatsoever, but I think weíre all a little

†††††††††††† grateful for the Chancellorís generosity this morning. News from the front:

†††††††††††† two more battalions of New Spartan forces were decimated in the Battle of

†††††††††††† Burning Tire Iron Fields late last night. General Ajax is confidently predicting

†††††††††††† imminent victory.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† LYSISTRATA

Oh, General Ajax said it? Then theyíre obviously not the words of a pompous,

lying sellout...

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† CALONICE

†††††††††††† Lysistrata, he is your husband.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† LYSISTRATA

†††††††††††† You donít have to bring that up.††††††††††††

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† PHILOCTES

†††††††††††† Not everybodyís happy to see how well weíre doing however. The leader

†††††††††††† of the opposition party took the Senate floor yesterday afternoon to once

†††††††††††† again call for renewed peace talks with the Spartans. Subsequent reports

†††††††††††† indicate that when his position was challenged he immediately dived under his

†††††††††††† desk and began to weep like a little girl. The theme of our show today will be that

†††††††††††† age old question: ďWomen huh? What are you gonna do about Ďem?Ē Today

†††††††††††† weíre going to two very different representatives of the feminine gender. First,

††††††††††† weíre going to be talking to Miss...Adora, Chairperson of Citizens United To

†††††††††††† Make Things Better. Later, weíll have a chat with First Lady Hirondelle. As my

†††††††††††† listeners know, I never take sides, I just ask the tough questions and let you make

†††††††††††† the calls. Now Adora, your organization has a pretty cumbersome name doesnít

†††††††††††† it?

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ADORA

†††††††††††† It was a consensus choice, Philoctes.

 

††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††PHILOCTES

†††††††††††† I mean what kind of an acronym is that? CUTMTB? Anyway, all humor aside...

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† LYSISTRATA

†††††††††††† I thought it already was.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† PHILOCTES

†††††††††††† Your group is basically a bunch of do-gooders right?

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ADORA

†††††††††††† Yes, weíd like to see New Athens improve social conditions for...

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† PHILOCTES

†††††††††††† Youíre against the war for the liberation of New Sparta.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ADORA

†††††††††††† Um, our official policy is that we need a just and peaceful resolution

†††††††††††† to the current...

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† PHILOCTES

†††††††††††† So youíd like New Athens to lose then? Is that it?

 

†††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††ADORA

†††††††††††† No, I...

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† PHILOCTES
†††††††††††† Because if we donít capture the Spartan capitol, we will have lost by definition.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††ADORA

†††††††††††† Well some might...

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† PHILOCTES

†††††††††††† The Spartan separatist movement controls vast amounts of land and resources

†††††††††††† that rightfully belong to the Athenian people, in a time when drastic measures

†††††††††††† must be undertaken to feed and clothe the masses. Do you think thatís right?

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ADORA

†††††††††††† We are far wealthier than the people of Sparta. Besides, if you want to talk about

†††††††††††† fair distribution of resources, letís start with...

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† PHILOCTES

†††††††††††† Is General Menelaus your hero?

 

†††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††ADORA

†††††††††††† I wouldnít...

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† PHILOCTES

†††††††††††† Because heís not the most heroic of figures. In fact heís known to be a shallow

††††† †††††††egomaniac with a chronic flatulence problem. Thatís certainly not true of our

†††††††††††† General Ajax.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† LYSISTRATA

†††††††††††† What does he know about Ajax that I donít?

 

†††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††CALONICE

†††††††††††† Well I wouldnít call Ajax ďshallowĒ.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† PHILOCTES

†††††††††††† You know thereís a reason all their sports teams are nicknamed the Fartiní

†††††††††††† Spartans. (Loud fart sounds are heard) Oh my goodness, whatís happening in

†††††††††††† my studio? Youíre one of them, arenít you Adora?

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ADORA

†††††††††††† That was certainly not me!

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† PHILOCTES

†††††††††††† Which brings me to another point.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† LYSISTRATA

†††††††††††† Is he implying that he just had a point?

 

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† PHILOCTES

†††††††††††† Your group is primarily composed of broads right? Is involvement in politics

†††††††††††† really a good thing for women?

 

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††ADORA

†††††††††††† We believe...

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† PHILOCTES

†††††††††††† I mean men and women are different. Is that such a bad thing to say nowadays?

†††††††††††† This whole idea that men and women are exactly the same was one of the things

†††††††††††† that led to the Great Disaster. Thatís why our grandparents decided to return

†††††††††††† to the ways of the ancients.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† LYSISTRATA

†††††† ††††††No, the Great Disaster was caused by people like you, fascists who thought

†††††††††††† they could profit from human beings being vaporized!

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† CALONICE

†††††††††††† Why arenít you on the show representing our group, Lysistrata? Youíre actually

†††††††††††† capable of arguing.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† LYSISTRATA

†††††††††††† You answered your own question.

 

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††PHILOCTES

†††††††††††† I also understand there are Mutants in your group, including one...Myrhina. Do

†††††††††††† you really think that sends the right message to our children? That itís acceptable

†††††††††††† for them to grow up to be Mutants?

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ADORA

†††††††††††† I donít think thatís really the way...††††††††

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† PHILOCTES

†††††††††††† Youíre on the wrong side of history lady, and youíre also a pervert. I apologize

†††††††††††† to my listeners for exposing them to you. Now get the hell out of my sight.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† LYSISTRATA

†††††††††††† Letís just get our rations and go home

††

†††††††††††† A young woman behind a small kiosk greets them.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† RHODIPPE

†††††††††††† Madam Lysistrata, Madam Calonice.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† CALONICE

†††††† ††††††I didnít know you were working here, Rhodippe.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† RHODIPPE

†††††††††††† Yeah, I needed to take a job to help out at home. Itís not so bad. Itís nice to see

†††††††††††† people being happy when they get what they need. The worst part is having to

†††††††††††† listen to Jerkface for hours. Anyway, Iíve got your orders here.

 

†††††††††††† (She starts to hand them bags)

 

†††††††††††† The other thing that sucks is having to give people less food if theyíre on the

†††††††††††† Beta plan or whatever.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† LYSISTRATA

†††††††††††† Yeah, well one of these days weíre gonna shove Lyconís little caste system up

†††††††††††† his Alpha ass...

†††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† RHODIPPE

†††††††††††† This is why youíre awesome Lysistrata! Youíre an older chick who speaks

†††††††††††† out.††††

 

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††LYSISTRATA

†††††††††††† Thanks...Older?

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† RHODIPPE

†††††††††††† Well, older than me.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† LYSISTRATA

†††††††††††† By the way, give Calonice five extra servings of fruit on my account okay?

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† CALONICE

†††††††††††† Lysistrata, you donít have...

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† LYSISTRATA

††††††† †††††You have children, I donít. Itís ridiculous for me to take more than I need just

†††††††††††† because Iím the commanding generalís wife.†††††††††††††

 

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† PHILOCTES

†††††††††††† My next guest is a lady whoís perhaps the polar opposite of my last one.

†††††††††††† Someone whoís dedicated her life to serving this country, and promoting a

message of patriotism and virtue. Iím of course talking about Chancellor Lyconís††

beautiful, beautiful wife, First Lady Hirondelle.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† LYSISTRATA

†††††††††††† Okay I canít hold it down anymore, Iím going to vomit.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† CALONICE

†††††††††††† Not here in the marketplace.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† LYSISTRATA

†††††††††††† Stop telling me where I can and cannot vomit!

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† RHODIPPE

†††††††††††† Yeah, stop being an oppressor!

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† HIRONDELLE

†††††††††††† Well thank you, Philoctes, itís great to hear you. You know my husband and I

†††††††††††† listen to you whenever we get the chance. Itís great to have someone with the

†††††††††††† courage to tell the truth on the airwaves.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† PHILOCTES

†††††††††††† Well you know I just call it like I see it. So what did you think of my last guest?

 

†††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††HIRONDELLE

†††††††††††† Well, Philoctes, I was raised to believe that everyone has the right to their own

†††††††††††† opinion, but I was also raised to believe that if your opinion is so radically

†††††††††††† different from other peopleís, you should have the courtesy to keep it to yourself.

†††††††††††† I mean Iíd be mortified if I had opinions like that.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† PHILOCTES

†††††††††††† How involved are you in your husbandís policy decisions?

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† HIRONDELLE

†††††††††††† Oh, Iím a simple woman at heart, Philoctes, I donít pretend to be a great

†††††††††††† intellectual or anything like that. I just happen to believe that itís my duty,

†††††††††††† and everyoneís, to support our Chancellor.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† PHILOCTES

†††††††††††† I understand youíre something of a songwriter, and that youíre working on

†††††††††††† a new patriotic song.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† HIRONDELLE

†††††††††††† Oh they warned me youíd ask about that...

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† PHILOCTES
†††††††††††† Come on, just a few notes.

††††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† HIRONDELLE

†††††††††††† Okay, but this is a work in progress. Ahem: (She begins to sing) O beautiful,

†††††††††††† irradiated skies, o mutant strains of grain! Our soldiers now are fighting hard to

†††††††††††† make you stay that way! The greatest nation under the sun, Athens must be the

†††††††††††† one! Our compassion and our justice have won us great renown! All the world

†††††††††††† shall fall in line as we smite our enemies down! So my fellow countrymen,

†††††††††††† salute our flag today! If you donít do this, youíre a traitor no matter what you

†††††††††††† say! So my proud companions, letís gather one and all, as our foes surrender

†††††††††††† in shame, together we stand tall!Ē

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† LYSISTRATA†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (Covering her ears)

†††††††††††† Ow! Ow! Ow! Thatís...Ow!

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† PHILOCTES

†††††††††††† Wow. You know, Iím not the kind of man who cries. In fact Iím the kind of man

†††††††††††† who beats the crap out of the kind of man who cries. But that was beautiful...

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††HIRONDELLE

†††††††††††† Well it came from the heart. You know, living with Lycon is a great inspiration.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† PHILOCTES

†††††††††††† Iíve heard heís a terrific husband and father.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† HIRONDELLE

†††††††††††† He is, but not only to our children but all the people of New Athens. So I guess

†††††††††††† Iíd like to say to the young lady you just talked to, instead of being a disgusting

†††††††††††† traitor, why donít you consider being a good daughter instead? You might

†††††††††††† actually like it.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† RHODIPPE††††††††††††

†††††††† ††††Be grateful you get to go home in a few minutes. Iíve got to listen to this stupid

†††††††††††† rah rah crap all day. I hate this stupid country.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† LYSISTRATA

†††††††††††† This land and itís people are good, Rhodippe. We just have to work to make them

†††††††††††† better.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† RHODIPPE

†††††††††††† But whatís the point? Nothing ever changes!

 

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††LYSISTRATA

†††††††††††† And youíve lived so long that you can say that for sure? Weíre better off than we

†††††††††††† were a hundred years ago. Isolated tribes were living in desperate conditions.

†††††††††††† Weíve done a lot to reverse the old barbarism. We donít stone people

†††††††††††† anymore, we donít sacrifice virgins...

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† CALONICE††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

†††††††††††† Yeah, now we just make fun of them.

†††††††††

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† LYSISTRATA

†††††††††††† But weíve still got a long way to go. Look at that. (She points to a soldier

†††††††††††† receiving friendly attention from two youngwomen) Theyíre drooling all over

††††††††††† him just because heís wearing a damn uniform. Any woman under twenty one

†††††††††††† is a damn fool. Present company excepted of course.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† RHODIPPE

†††††††††††† You know I hate this war and the criminals who started it more than anyone.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† LYSISTRATA

†††††††††††† Then Iím sure if your boyfriend were back from the front right now...

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††RHODIPPE

†††††††††††† Weíd be screwing each other senseless.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† LYSISTRATA

†††††††††††† But wouldnít you be...

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† RHODIPPE

††††††††††† Itís not like itís his fault. Besides, weíve got to use the time we have.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† CALONICE

†††††††††††† We were their age only a couple of years ago, Lysistrata.

††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††LYSISTRATA

†††††††††††† Yeah, and we were stupid! I can still remember when I first saw Ajax in that

†††††††††††† cadetís uniform. How hot he was. How he was this great hero.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††CALONICE

†††††††††††† Harmodius was in art school when I first met him. I never wanted him to be a

†††††††††††† hero.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† LYSISTRATA

†††††††††††† You were smarter than I was.

 

†††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††CALONICE

†††††††††††† It was less than a month after we were married when they took him. Heís so

†††††††††††† different now. Distant. He used to be so warm...

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††LYSISTRATA

†††††††††††† He doesnít paint anymore does he?

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† CALONICE

†††††††††††† No. Not since he did that portrait of the capital he was hoping would become the

†††††††††††† national symbol when he left.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† LYSISTRATA

†††††††††††† I always liked that painting a lot.It had a real vision of what Athens was

†††††††††††† supposed to be.

 

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††CALONICE

†††††††††††† What it could have been. He never really finished that painting. He doesnít look

†††††††††††† at it when he comes home anymore. He barely even looks at me. I donít know

†††††††††††† what happened to him out there...

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† LYSISTRATA

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (Putting her arm around her)

†††††††††††† Itís like Rhodippe said, itís not his fault.

 

†††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††RHODIPPE

†††††††††††† Thatís right. Itís our fault. Itís our fault because weíre not doing anything. This

†††††††††††† war is killing thousands and weíre just talking. Our whole little group, the

†††††††††††† Citizens United for Whatever. Weíre a joke.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† CALONICE

†††††††††††† Rhodippe...

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† LYSISTRATA

†††††††††††† No, sheís right. We need to start doing more than talk. Weíve been polite long

†††††††††††† enough. This war is destroying whatís left of the human race and weíre meekly

†††††††††††† suggesting that it would be nice if they stopped it. But thatís not going to cut it

†††††††††††† anymore. From now on, weíre through being polite. Weíre going to be smarter,

†††††††††††† stronger, bolder. Weíre going to wake people up and show the worldthat weíre

†††††††††††† not backing down anymore. Or, you know, words to that effect.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††PHILOCTES

†††††††††††† You realize of course, First Lady Hirondelle, that Iím an independent thinker

†††††††††††† and Iím not gonna let you off the hook without asking you at least one tough

†††††††††††† question you might not like.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† HIRONDELLE

†††††††††††† Oh no, they warned me about this. Okay, fire away.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† PHILOCTES

†††††††††††† Are you sure youíre ready for this? Because you know me, thereís no way

†††††††††††† Iím going to let you wriggle out of this.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† HIRONDELLE

†††††††††††† No, Iím ready as Iíll ever be.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††PHILOCTES

†††††††††††† Okay. Is that your real hair color?

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† HIRONDELLE
†††††††††††† It sure is, Philoctes!

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† PHILOCTES
†††††††††††† Oh come on, itís too pretty...†††††††††††††††††††††