LAURA. [Screaming, crossing to WILL; she attempts to push him.] No, you won’t; you won’t stay here. You’re not going to do this thing again. I tell you I’m going to be happy. I tell you I’m going to be married. [He doesn’t resist her very strongly. Her anger and her rage are entirely new to him. He is surprised and cannot understand.] You won’t see him; I tell you, you won’t tell him. You’ve got no business to. I hate you. I’ve hated you for months. I hate the sight of your face. I’ve wanted to go, and now I’m going. You’ve got to go, do you hear? You’ve got to get out—get out. [Pushes him again.
WILL. [Throwing her off; LAURA staggers to armchair, rises, crosses left.] What the hell is the use of fussing with a woman.
LAURA. [Hysterically.] I want to be happy,
I’m going to be married,
I’m going to be happy.
[Sinks down in exhausted state in front of trunk.
SCENE. The same scene as Act III. It is about two o’clock in the afternoon.
AT RISE. When the curtain rises, there are two big trunks and one small one up stage. These are marked in the usual theatrical fashion. There are grips packed, umbrellas, and the usual paraphernalia that accompanies a woman when she is making a permanent departure from her place of living. All the bric-a-brac, &c., has been removed from dresser. On down-stage end of dresser is a small alligator bag containing night-dress, toilet articles, and bunch of keys. The dresser drawers are some of them half open, and old pieces of tissue-paper and ribbons are hanging out. The writing-desk has had all materials removed and is open, showing scraps of torn-up letters, and in one pigeon-hole is a New York Central time-table; between desk and bay-window is a lady’s hat-trunk containing huge picture hat. It is closed. Behind table is a suit-case with which ANNIE is working when curtain rises. Under desk are two old millinery boxes, around which are scattered old tissue-paper, a pair of old slippers, a woman’s shabby hat, old ribbon, &c. In front of window at end of pianola is thrown a lot of old empty boxes, such as are used for stocking and shirtwaist boxes. The picture-frame and basket of flowers have been removed from pianola. The stool is on top of pianola, upside down. There is an empty White Rock bottle, with glass turned over it, standing between the legs of the stool. The big trunk is in front of sofa, and packed, and it has a swing tray under which is packed a fancy evening gown; the lid is down. On top of lid are an umbrella, lady’s travelling-coat, hat and gloves. On left end of sofa are a large Gladstone bag, packed and fastened, a smaller trunk (thirty-four inch), tray with lid. In tray are articles of wearing apparel. In end of tray is