I’d like to say yes
oh yes indeed
with all my heart and soul
but you see Mr Haversham
I am rather mad
I have a hunchback(what do you mean you’ve never noticed?)
And no teeth(absolutely none)
And a tit that is rather skew
I have issues(yes, i promise I do)
I’m really not fit
or other such sporty affairs
Of this earthly
Are dead people (yes, long buried)
I certainly couldnt
A good wife
Why no, I would drive you crazy
Best you leave me
where neurosis like this
caused by your absurd proposal
can do me no harm,
run along now
Mr haversham please
i beg you
and leave me
like you found me (oh was it really at the chinese food bazaar?)
one last thing,
close the door
on your way out….
exit mr haversham…
petulia lies on her chaise lounge her hand on her forehead, and begins to sob out into the lonely night
what have i done, no please come back mr haversham
i do have one tooth left in my mouth and i’m not really that mad, just scared, and i still have one good breast)
the rain and petulia’s sobs become one as the light fades out….
narrator’s voice: And so,petulia, who had long learnt that with joy comes pain, was doomed to see out the rest of her days on her own, having driven out the one man she loved the most .
Petulia’s voice from the dark:“It is best to forsake the joy now and so escape the pain that is sure to follow…..
Narrator’s voice: Oh silly petulia!