The breakers are chaotic, the men strain to keep their footing,
calling to each other.
Hold still you smutt! Blast the
Look up! Look up!
Lay to! Lay to.
Up with it you buggerers, hold
Damn me won't you hold?!
Two of the men are black, all are battered, tattooed and tough, some
Behind the woman is her daughter, a girl of ten in Scottish dress. She
too is carried on the shoulders of seamen.
ADA is placed on the sand. She looks down at her feet sinking into the
wet sand, then up at the huge confusion of fern and bush in front of
her. The sound of sea behind is thunderous.
Several of the seamen have formed a group and are pissing on the sand.
Her daughter is on all fours evidently being sick. But ADA's attention
is diverted to the seamen who are staggering through the waves with a
huge piano shaped box. They put it down as soon as they get to 5hore
but ADA makes gestures that they must immediately bring it to higher
safer ground. The piano placed to her satisfaction she hovers near it,
one hand in constant touch of it while her daughter grips her free
Sc 10 EXT BEACH DAY Sc 10
TWO SEAMEN finish carrying the last crate to shore. Trunks and boxes
including an open crate with hens are scattered carelessly along the
The SEAMEN gather together. After a discussion in which they look
between ADA and her child and their Coaster out on the sea, one of the
men approaches. Behind him the other men keep their eyes out to sea or
down on the sand. They don't want to be involved. The sight of the
women alone on this beach is too hopeless.