INT. carriage/ HAnsom cab/ london streets - day.
The friends share a flask of whisky as they sit in the back of the carriage. WILLOUGHBY passes it on without taking a sip.
Who are you planning to impress tonight?
Anna What's-her-name's father more like. Don't think we're going to take you any more seriously when you're promoted.
We'll see about that.
A chorus of mocking 'ooohs' from the others. TRENCH notices CASTLETON staring out of the window.
What's so interesting about a London street?
Ask me that when we're in Bombay.
TRENCH rolls his eyes and turns to DURRANCE.
Is Ethne going to be there?
We catch a hint of shyness in DURRANCE at the mention of Ethne's name.
I think so.
HARRY watches DURRANCE, a little uncomfortably, as if he's holding something back.
EXT. PARTY/ india office building/ london - night.
CARRIAGES line the entrance to the India Office. INDIAN VALETS in turbans and robes escort the GUESTS to the entrance, holding umbrellas over them.
The five friends crowd under a single umbrella. WILLOUGHBY makes sure he's in the middle, he doesn't want to get his uniform wet. TRENCH nudges him into the rain.
INT. The Durbar court/ party/ INDIA office - night.
Palm trees and fountains dominate the room. The ladies are dressed in ballgowns, the Officers in regimental colours. The full pomp and ceremony of Empire is on display. HARRY, DURRANCE, WILLOUGHBY, CASTELTON and TRENCH have gathered by the bar, a little overawed by the occasion.
(Admiring the passing women)
I'm going to ask someone to dance.