The Captain and Alice are a miserable couple. The Captain is ill--and
CAPTAIN. Curt is kind! And how he has changed.
ALICE. Yes, and for the better. It is too bad, however, that he must be dragged into our misery just now.
CAPTAIN. But good for us—I wonder just how he stands. Did you notice that he wouldn't speak of his own affairs?
ALICE. I did notice it, but then I don't think anybody asked him.
CAPTAIN. Think, what a life! And ours! I wonder if it is the same for all people?
ALICE. Perhaps, although they don't speak of it as we do.
CAPTAIN. At times I have thought that misery draws misery, and that those who are happy shun the unhappy. That is the reason why we see nothing but misery.
ALICE. Have you known anybody who was happy?
CAPTAIN. Let me see! No—Yes—the Ekmarks.
ALICE. You don't mean it! She had to have an operation last year——
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