INT. FIRST FUNERAL PARLOR - DAY
A working-class funeral in progress. THIRTY PEOPLE and an
inexpensive bier SEEN from the back of the hall.
A MAN's back FILLS the SCREEN. He is dressed in a black suit;
his hands are clasped behind him. ANOTHER MAN stands next to
him. The Second Man reaches behind the First Man's back and
puts a discreetly folded ten-dollar bill into his hands.
These Two Men from the front. Both somber, in their early
fifties. They begin to walk down the aisle of the funeral
The WIDOW. A woman in her late fifties sitting by the bier
receiving condolences. The Two Men approach her. The First
Man (the recipient of the money) speaks:
Mrs. Dee, this is Frank Galvin -- a
very good friend of ours, and a very
It's a shame about your husband,
The Widow nods.
I knew him vaguely through the Lodge.
He was a wonderful man.
(shakes head in
It was a crime what happened to him.
A crime. If there's anything that I
could do to help...
GALVIN removes a business card from his jacket pocket and
hands it to her as if he were giving her money. (i.e., "Take
it. Really. I want you to have it..." She takes the card.
he is usurping her
He shakes her hand and moves on.
INT. COFFEE SHOP - DAY
Galvin sitting in the deserted coffee shop in his raincoat.
Reading a section of the paper. He picks up his teacup,
drinks. Lowers it to the table.
ANGLE - INSERT
Galvin twists tea bag around a spoon to extract last drops
of tea. His hand moves to his felt pen lying on the table.
He moves his hand to the paper, open at the obituary section.
We SEE several names crossed out. He circles one funeral
Galvin sitting, raises cup of tea to his lips. Looks around
deserted coffee shop. Sighs.
INT. SECOND FUNERAL HOME AND STREET - AFTERNOON
Galvin outside a second funeral home. WORKING-CLASS PEOPLE
entering, Galvin enters the home.
Galvin, coming down the aisle toward the front, shrugging
himself out of his overcoat, he approaches the BEREAVED WIDOW
sitting by the front of the home, he extracts his card from
his pocket, starts to speak. He is stopped by the WIDOW'S
SON, a hefty man in his mid-forties, who interjects himself
between Galvin and the widow.