He heads down the hill toward the house, now glowing from
the lights of candles and oil lamps.
INT. MARION'S HOUSE - EVENING
Pre-dinner chaos. Everyone talking at once. Marion's
seven children and his two family servants, ABIGAIL and
AARON, a middle-aged black couple, prepare dinner. Susan
silently watches from the stairs. Marion walks in.
I smell turnips...
Father, Samuel broke the blue
I did not...
Marion hands the apples to Abigail and steps over to open
his mail and dispatches.
News of Boston, father?
I hate turnips...
William knocked it right out of my
Samuel, William, both of you clean
Marion hands a packet of pamphlets to Gabriel and opens a
The Assembly has been reconvened,
I've been called to...
Marion's children go wild.
We're going to Charleston!
When, father, when?
We'll leave tomorrow...
The children ERUPT INTO CHEERS and THUNDER into the dining
Charleston! We're going to
Marion and Gabriel exchange a stone-faced look. Then
Marion puts on a smile and inhales deeply.
I love turnips...
Marion follows his children into the dining room.
EXT. MARION'S HOUSE - NIGHT
Quiet. The only sounds are the soft calls of a few
NIGHTBIRDS and the DRONE OF CICADAS. A faint light moves
through the downstairs, passing windows in the otherwise
INT. MARION'S HOUSE - NIGHT
Marion, holding a candle, does a father's bedtime check.
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