William Beech is an 8 year old evacuee from London. He is a slight,
START: Tom: Ent you ‘ungry?
William: (in a whisper) Yes, mister.
Tom: Just a slow chewer, that it?
Best finish your tea afore it gits cold.
(Tom returns to the carrier bag as William sips his tea)
(Tom brings out a small towel. Inside it, he finds a toothbrush and a piece of soap. Next, he finds an old book)
William: That’s me Bible. Tom: Ah.
END: William: Sorry mister.
(He buries his head in Sammy’s fur.)
(Blowing his nose and wiping his eyes) I ain’t ungrateful, mister, honest, I’m happy.
Tom: Don’t forget to say your prayers.
William: No, mister.
Tom (after a pause) And you’d best call me Tom. Goodnight and God bless.
William: Goodnight, Mister Tom.
David Wood, Goodnight Mister Tom, Samuel French Acting Edition, 2014, pp.20-25
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