Elsa has returned to the family home for the first time since she
ELSA (putting the portfolio on the table): Come in.
ANN: May I? Just a moment?
ELSA: Of course, Ann.
ANN (looking around): Alison's room. As if—as if she might be going to bed here.
ELSA: I have been thinking of that. [Pause. Won't you sit down, dear?
[ANN comes to the table, sits.]
ANN: I feel I shouldn't be here. I know you are tired, and want to be alone in this room. I'll only stay a minute.
ELSA: I'm glad you came.
ANN (impulsively, yet timidly): I was so glad to see you, Elsa, when you came.
ELSA (grateful): You were?
ANN: Oh, yes. So were Eben and Ted.
ELSA: But father—
ANN: He can't help it, can he?
ELSA: No. Of course not. But—I did so want to come. (Shaking her head) It wasn't that I wanted to. I had to.
ANN: You had to be here once more.
ELSA: The last time.
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