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Based on the novel by
William Makepeace Thackeray
February 18, 1973
EXT. PARK - DAY
Brief shot of duel.
My father, who was well-known to the
the name of roaring Harry James, was
killed in a duel, when I was fifteen
EXT. GARDEN - DAY
Mrs. James, talking with a suitor; Roderick, at a
My mother, after her husband's
death, and her retirement, lived in
such a way as to defy slander. She
refused all offers of marriage,
declaring that she lived now for her
son only, and for the memory of her
EXT. STREET - DAY
Mother and son walking together.
My mother was the most beautiful
women of her day. But if she was
proud of her beauty, to do her
her son, and has said a thousand
times to me that I was the
handsomest fellow in the world.
EXT. CHURCH - DAY
Mother and son entering church.
The good soul's pleasure was to
dress me; and on Sundays and
Holidays, I turned out in a velvet
coat with a silver-hilted sword by
my side, and a gold garter at my
knee as fine as any lord in the
Sundays, even the most envious souls
prettier pair in the kingdom.
EXT. FIELD - DAY
A picnic. The Dugan family. Roderick.
My uncle's family consisted of ten
children, and one of them was the
cause of all my early troubles; this
was the belle of the family, my
cousin, Miss Dorothy Dugan, by name.
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