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WALLY
                   So?

                                                                        MYRTLE
                   He lived in a cage and ran around in circles.


                                                                         WALLY
                   Why are you being so cruel? What was the alternative? Have you forgotten the time you set

                   him loose in the garden?

                                                                        MYRTLE
                                                                        (shivers)

                   I… I don’t want to think about it.

                                                                         WALLY
                                                           (holds the cage up to her face)

                   Look at him! Look at the boy! Yes, he lived in a cage. Yes, he ran day and night on his wheel.
                   But what happened the time you decided to give him his freedom? The day you put him next
                   to the cucumbers and told him he was free?


                                                                        MYRTLE
                                                                        (shaking)
                   I….I don’t remember. Leave me alone, Wally. I don’t want to think about it.


                   (MYRTLE grabs for the cage; WALLY pulls it away)

                                                                         WALLY
                                                                        (angrily)

                   What happened to Telemachus the day you locked him out of his cage?

                                                                         MYRTLE
                                                    (holds up her arm as if fending off a blow)

                   He……squealed.

                                                                         WALLY
                   That’s right. And what else did he do?



                                                                        MYRTLE
                   He peed on the turnips.



                                                                         WALLY
                   That’s right. And what else did he do?



                   (At  this  point  MYRTLE  is  skating  around  the  room  as  WALLY  chases  after  her  in  his  desk
                   chair)





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