Scene Detail

"We didn't use to have to protect churches. Not from the faithful, not from anyone."

From: But Not For Love
Gender Age Character Name
Male 40s DUKE
 
Setup:
Eleanor and Ephram, sister and brother, are both getting married on the same day. And they're each getting married to a man. With protesters, policemen and a TV news crew outside the church, inside the couples are split over what their day and their ceremony should mean, to themselves or anyone else.

Patrick, Ephram's groom, agrees with Eleanor that they all need to make a statement by getting married. But Roland, Eleanor's groom, and Ephram both just want a simple ceremony and a quiet day.

Duke, one of the policemen assigned to keep the crowd of protesters under control, makes his first appearance with this speech.

(Unraveling the meaning of this day with the female minister the Duchess, along with the true nature of her identity, can be found in a scene under the tag quote -

"When did the world become so complicated?")


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Monologue

copyright 2006 by Matthew A. Everett


Emphasis shifts to an isolated pool of light where DUKE, a policeman in his late 40s/early 50s, is getting into uniform.

At first, it seems like he might either be talking to himself or someone else we can't see. In reality, he is talking to his dead wife, whose photograph he carries in the breast pocket of his uniform, under his badge, just over his heart.


DUKE

I just don't understand.
We didn't use to have to protect churches.
Not from the faithful, not from anyone.
Sanctuary.
There is no sanctuary anymore.
Unless you guard it with guns. And even then --

Pause. Shift in thought.


DUKE (cont'd)

Every morning when I wake up and come here and put on this uniform, I pray --
Please Lord, let me not have to raise my voice.
Please let me not have to use the handcuffs.
Let me not have to use my nightstick.
Not have to use my gun.
Today of all days.
Guarding a church.
And a wedding. And -- something else.

DUKE pulls out his wife's photograph.


DUKE (cont'd)

I still remember our wedding. It was a very different day.
And I still miss you.
Not like right after you were gone.
Nothing hurts me quite that much anymore.
But something's missing.
From the moment I wake up in our bed - an empty space.
I carry that empty space around with me, through my day. Until I go back home and get into that bed again.
And I can sleep.
And forget.

Pause. Change of topic.


DUKE (cont'd)

Olivia's growing up so fast.
You should have gotten a chance to see more of that.
She's so much like her mother now, reminds me so much of you, sometimes it hurts to look at her.
There are days we get along. When I understand.
Today isn't one of them.
More often than not, I'm completely at sea.
I wish you were here. She needs her mother. And so do I.

He pockets the photograph over his heart again.


DUKE (cont'd)

It'd be nice to see a wedding as simple as ours again.
A wedding I could understand.
I don't think that's going to happen today.

DUKE walks into the dark.





copyright 2006 by Matthew A. Everett

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