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MEREDITH Oh! Madam Ridley! You’ve frightened me half to death!
JOAN I’m sorry.
MEREDITH Oh, no. All is forgiven. Hopefully, next time it will kill me.
JOAN Hopefully, not.
MEREDITH I didn’t know that you were stepping out today. How are you feeling?
JOAN Like any other day if the next day is like the other.
MEREDITH That doesn’t seem so good. Maybe you should rest. I can run you a hot bath.
JOAN No. The cold water has brought me back to life. I’ve rested enough. I couldn’t stand being in that room much longer. Has Master Ridley returned?
MEREDITH Not yet but he is set to arrive this evening.
JOAN Good. I want a feast to be prepared for his return.
MEREDITH It’s already in preparation, ma’am. Theodore got word from town that Master Ridley requested one. He says he has a
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