Elaine Harper is the girl next door, and in love with Mortimer
Elaine: (stepping to Mortimer, ready to be kissed) Well, can’t you take a hint?
Mortimer: (complaining) No … that was pretty obvious. A lack of inventiveness, I should say.
Elaine: (only slightly annoyed) Yes--that’s exactly what you’d say.
[... … …]
Elaine: (runs into his arms) Darling! I’ll talk it over with Father and set the date.
Mortimer: No--we’ll have to see what in rehearsal. There’ll be a lot of other first nights in October.
For the full extended scene, refer to Joseph Kesselring, Arsenic and Old Lace. Dramatists Play Service, 1969. pp. 16-18.
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