The governor. Christmas!
He turns towards the
window, leaving Wooder looking at him with
a sort of pained anxiety.
Wooder. [Suddenly] Do you think we make show enough, sir? If you’d like us to have more holly?
The governor. Not at all, Mr. Wooder.
Wooder. Very good, sir.
The doctor has
come out of FALDER’s Cell, and the governor
beckons to him.
The governor. Well?
The doctor. I can’t make anything much of him. He’s nervous, of course.
The governor. Is there any sort of
case to report? Quite frankly,
The doctor. Well, I don’t think the separates doing him any good; but then I could say the same of a lot of them—they’d get on better in the shops, there’s no doubt.
The governor. You mean you’d have to recommend others?
The doctor. A dozen at least. It’s on his nerves. There’s nothing tangible. That fellow there [pointing to O’CLEARY’S cell], for instance—feels it just as much, in his way. If I once get away from physical facts—I shan’t know where I am. Conscientiously, sir, I don’t know how to differentiate him. He hasn’t lost weight. Nothing wrong with his eyes. His pulse is good. Talks all right.
The governor. It doesn’t amount to melancholia?
The doctor. [Shaking his head] I can report on him if you like; but if I do I ought to report on others.
The governor. I see. [Looking towards Falder’s cell] The poor devil must just stick it then.
As he says thin he looks absently at Wooder.
Wooder. Beg pardon, sir?
For answer the governor
stares at him, turns on his heel, and
walks away. There is a sound as of beating on metal.
The governor. [Stopping] Mr. Wooder?
Wooder. Banging on his door, sir. I thought we should have more of that.
He hurries forward, passing the governor, who follows closely.
The curtain falls.
FALDER’s cell, a whitewashed space thirteen feet broad by seven deep, and nine feet high, with a rounded ceiling. The floor is of shiny blackened bricks. The barred window of opaque glass, with a ventilator, is high up in the middle of the end wall. In the middle of the opposite end wall is the narrow door. In a corner are the mattress and bedding rolled up [two blankets, two sheets, and a coverlet]. Above them is a quarter-circular wooden shelf, on which is a Bible and several little devotional books, piled in a symmetrical pyramid; there are also a black hair brush, tooth-brush,