Arlene was just paroled from prison and allowed to return to
Arlene: I didn’t know if you’d come.
Mother Ain’t I always?
Arlene: How are you? (Moves as if to hug her. Mother stands still, Arlene back off.)
[... … …]
Arlene: How do you know that? (Furious.)
Mother: Now don’t you go gettin’ het up. I’m tellin’ you …
Arlene: But …
Mother: Kids need rules to go by ad he’ll get ‘em over there.
For full extended scene, please refer to the script edition cited here: Marsha Norman, Getting Out. Dramatists Play Service, pp. 18-21.
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