The Linguist (Scene 9)

For reference, see character thumbnails. [Nell’s childhood bedroom; NELL is sitting on the bed reading; WILL knocks and enters without waiting for a response] WILL:     Fancy meeting you here. Watchya readin’? “The Study of American Folklore.” Well, that sounds interesting. NELL:     It’s about how to categorize folklife, from the material to the verbal, and how …

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The Linguist (Scene 7)

For reference, see character thumbnails. [Nell’s childhood bedroom; night; NELL is pacing and mumbling agitatedly; she hears a knock at her door; she goes to answer it] NELL:     [disbelieving]     William Farris is knocking. Now he’s in my room. [WILL starts to come in but NELL makes to send him out] WILL:     C’mon, Nell, don’t be …

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The Linguist (Scene 6)

For reference, see character thumbnails. [outside Abbott estate; NELL enters, fuming] NELL:     [muttering]     William Farris working here? As a gardener? The football player, the half-back, number 47, scored two touchdowns in the championship against the Barrow Bulldoggs during his senior year, scouted by representatives from Harvard and Yale? Six foot three with dark hair, tan …

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The Linguist (Scene 4)

For reference, see character thumbnails. [inside Abbott estate; REESE, ELIZA, NORAH, and CYNTHIA enter] CYNTHIA:     [to NORAH]     Look how long your hair has gotten! And you, Eliza, you’re so tall! At the rate you’re growing, you could be a model! REESE:     Mother! Eliza is going to college, not— ELIZA:     You really think so? I mean, …

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