(In MRS WALPURGIS's house. COPS, MR CLIPBOARD, and MRS WALPURGIS.)COP 1 (to MR CLIPBOARD):
We checked out that plate
you took down last week:
chatting up the mother.
It was his wife, the child
you mention was his daughter.
They park their car
out front everyday.
COP 2: Zealous. Very zealous.
COP 1: You're not going
COP 2: Doesn't sell newspapers.
MRS WALPURGIS: We mustn't criticise
Look down this street.
And I've seen her
MR CLIPBOARD: The word. Graffiti. Signatures.
COP 1: What's he on about?
MRS WALPURGIS: Shell shock. He's under stress.
COP 2: I was shot at once.
MR CLIPBOARD (dreamily):
MRS WALPURGIS: Come on Mr Clipboard,
MR CLIPBOARD: Yes, there's a lot of cars,
(MR CLIPBOARD exits.)COP 2: He's got a problem.
An unreliable witness.
COP 1: His observations don't add up.
MRS WALPURGIS: He is a powerful symbol.
(COPS exit.)MRS WALPURGIS: He is a powerful symbol.
A neighbourhood icon.
In the vanguard.
(MRS WALPURGIS exits.)
Smith Street | Mudlark No. 19
Contents | Act 3, Scene Three