DIVORCE. Scene four
L: Well, I don’t want to talk about my feelings. Feelings repulse me. As do many other things. Especially the things people say. When they say on the airplane, ‘pull the seat belt low and tight across your lap.’ Low and tight across my lap. How dare they?
M: It’s just basic in-the-world stuff, Linda.
C: What do you say in response to Marcus, Linda?
L: I say the world has gone to shit, Dr Carol.
C: Just Carol is fine.
L: Low and tight across my lap. When did this become okay? Was I asleep? Am I Rumplestiltskin?
M: You mean Rip Van Winkle.
L: And you’re such an authority?
M: Somewhat of an authority. Somewhat of an authority Linda. After all, I narrated the Rip Van Winkle audiobook, for which I won an Audie award for best fairy tale interpretation—
L: I have no idea what you’re talking about Marcus. People have no idea what they’re saying anymore they just blather. They say “oh nature. I want to be in nature.” When Nature is brutal and indifferent.
M: You are brutal and indifferent Linda
C: What do you think about what Marcus just said?
L: Sorry I wasn’t listening. I was more interested in my own thoughts than what Marcus was saying.
C: What were you thinking then? It would be helpful to stay in the room, Linda.
L: Life on a raft.
M: Ah, this old chestnut.
L: Huckleberry Finn. You know the book, Doctor. Huck and jim come upon a place, Huck’s father’s House, Pap’s house. And Huck goes in. And Jim says baby don’t. A dilapidated house on the river. The Floating House. The house of the dead. I won’t forget this house. Inside Huck sees a baby bottle. He sees a black hood. Jim ushers him away. Huck sees what’s in the house but does not see. Because its harsh truth threatens his existence. And we are here to survive. So I have learned not to listen to Marcus. But I am storing the things he says, storing them for later in my life, when I will take them out and be able to see them for what they are: words being used as vehicles to transport weapons intended for the worst abuse. To cripple the same person you once vowed to love forever.