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1 INT. THERAPIST’S ROOM. DAY 8. 09.30 1
them say anything for long enough, and then
to fill [in]
The happy sheet.
Yes, the happy sheet. I saw that on
the question ‘Have you ever
others?’ You’ve written ‘Yes’.
he hopes she’ll
pick the ball up and run
with it. Fat chance)
Do you want to talk about that?
Have you ever contemplated killing
(yes she has, but in no
way seriously. And
anyway, she’s not telling
Have you ever tried to kill
She all but adds “Don’t be stupid”.
you’d do it. If you did.
I’ve seen all of ‘em and none of
‘em are pretty. They’re all...
Sordid. Ridiculous. And anyway. I
don’t want to be on a slab. I’ve
seen what they do to people.
(consulting the notes)
daughter took her own life?
No. I had a break down.
She says it like it’s a viable alternative.
Nothing. I just... screamed at
people a lot and smashed a few
things in the sink and drank too
eighteen months, and then... you
know. You’ve still got to pay the
mortgage at the end of it all,
Yeah. Well. Most marriages don’t
survive something like that. Do
they. Losing a child.
An experience like that changes
She looks at him steadily. Like... duh. Is he properly
I’da said so.
How did it change you?
she’s said it. And she
continues like she’s
talking to herself, cos
she sure as hell ain’t
talking to him)
I never used to be sad. I mean I
could be sad. But it wasn’t like it
didn’t define who I am.
contradicting the fact that you are
sad. You know how you feel. But
your colleagues. Your friends at
work. I get the idea they think of
you as the life and soul of the
No. They all know about Becky, they
all know what happened.
No, I meant do you - are you
conscious of feeling sad but still
trying to put on a brave face, a
happy face, at work?
No. I love work.
Do you think you’re angry? As well
She considers that.
You have an edge. People are a bit
scared of you, aren’t they?
Who’s said that?
It’s an observation.
respond. She doesn’t)
How do you feel about that? People
being scared of you.