(Admiring the passing Generals)
You said that ten minutes ago.
I'm waiting for Castelton.
CASTELTON stares at the ARISTOCRATIC WOMEN, paralysed with shyness.
(Pouring him another drink)
...Just look dreamy. I'll do the talking.
DURRANCE smiles as he listens to them. He turns to HARRY.
Can you see Ethne?
HARRY seems uneasy again. We sense there's something on his mind, something he wants to tell Durrance. DURRANCE doesn't pick up on it. He finishes his whisky and looks back into the throng.
Harry, your father...
HARRY looks away from DURRANCE. He sees his father, GENERAL FEVERSHAM, shaking hands with some COLLEAGUES across the room.
INT. seating area/ durbar court/ india office - night.
GENERAL FEVERSHAM is deep in conversation with his friend, COLONEL SUTCH, a fellow veteran of the Crimean war. HARRY moves discreetly into their field of vision.
(His face lighting up)
Immediately we feel the bond between father and son.
(Greeting Colonel Sutch)
How are you Colonel?
Fine Harry. Relieved to see a few familiar faces. When are you boys shipping out?
Your father and I served in Bombay. There are worse places they could have sent you.
HARRY smiles politely. SUTCH is sensitive enough to see that his mind is on other things. He lets father and son talk.
Is Ethne here?
They both smile, as if they share a secret. GENERAL FEVERSHAM reaches out and straightens his son's collar, trying to make him look as presentable as possible.
INT. dance area/ the durbar court/ india office - night.
TRENCH and CASTELTON are dancing with two GIRLS: TRENCH waltzing boisterously, CASTELTON taking it all very seriously.