(In the early afternoon, Newt (N) knocked on Catharine (C)’s front door, pale and weary.)
N: Is Catharine here?
C: Yeah, yeah, I’m here. Oh, Newt, come in.
You don’t look very well. Are you sick?
N: No. I'm fine. Just a little tired.(pause) Could you come for a walk? C: A walk?
N: One foot in front of the other, through leaves, over bridges.
C: Sounds good.
(Now They were taking the walk, were in a woods with a brown-leaf floor.)
C: Yes?(Newt kept silence, so Catharine glanced at him.) N: I…Er…I…
C: (stopped walking)What exactly do you want to say, Newt? You’re a bit strange today. Something bad must have happened, right?(anxiously)Please tell me. N: I’m all right. Don’t worry.
Just it's annual enlisted time again. You know, I’m already 19 now. And I have dreamed of joining the army since I was a little boy. So…so…
C: What? You’re leaving! Why haven’t I heard of it before? When? N: It is settled. Just the day after tomorrow. C: So soon?
N: Yes. It is settled.
C: Then how long will you stay there?
N: Nearly tow years.
C: Two years.(pause)(cheered up)
Two years will soon be over. When you come back, we can play together again.
N: I’ll definitely come back.？looked at C firmly？
C: Being a soldier is not easy but wonderful. Will you write to me?
N: (nodded) Of course I will, as long as I have time. C: That’s a deal. (gesture—pinky-swear) Don’t forget.
And, you must take care of youself.
N: I will. And you too.
They started walking again.
N: I have something to tell you.
C: I’m listening.
N: (stopped walking)I…I…Er…you…(C looked at N hopefully.)
Are you thirsty?
C: Ah? (amazed) No.(disappointed)
N: Oh. Then,then,(pause) are you hungry now? I know a newly opened restaurant
nearby. It supplies various food—rice porridge, steamed bread, steamed twisted
roll,spring rolls, chicken rolls, rice tube pudding, salty rice pudding, bean paste
cake, meatballs, meat pie, pancake, stretched noodles, fried noodle, rice noodles,
pyramid dumplings—and all kinds of soup and desserts. There're lots of choices.
We can have dinner together there.( nevously) Er, I mean, I just mean, it's really
a good choice, right?
C: But…Haven’t you just finished you lunch? I’m still full.
N: Aha. I just forgot.(embarassed)
C: Don’t you have anything else to tell me?(stopped)
N:Yeah. I, (pause)will you see me off?
C: Of course.
N: Thanks. And, I will miss you.
N: Sure. You’re my best friend.
C: Oh. Just friend.(disappointed, thinked aloud) We’ve been out for quiet a while, I
think we should go back now.
N: All right. Let’s go home.
They started walking back, and Catharine walked in front of Newt. N: Catharine?
(C turned round.)
(C walked away.)
N: I love you. Do you know? Will you accept?(Newt said in a low voice sadly.)
(In the early afternoon, Newt (N) knocked on Catharine (C)’s front door.
C came to the door carrying a fat, glossy magazine which was devoted to brides.)
N: Could you come for a walk? (covering his shyness by speaking absently) C:A walk！
N，One foot in front of the other, Through leaves, over bridges. C:I had no idea you were in town.
N: Just this minute got in.
C: Still in the Army, I see.
N:7 more mouths to go.(He held out his hand for the magazine.)Let’s see the pretty
C: (gave the book to him) I’ m getting married, Newt.
N:I know, Let’s go for a walk.
C: I’m awfully busy, Newt. The wedding is only a week away. N: If we go for a walk, it will make you rosy .It will make you a rosy bride.(turned the
pages)A rosy bride like her, like her.(showing her rosy brides)(C turned rosy,
thinking about rosy brides.？
N: That will be my present to Henry. By taking you for a walk. I’ll be giving him a
C: You know his name?
N: Mother wrote.
C: Yes ,you'd like him
C: Can ,can you come to the wedding ,Newt！
N，That I doubt.
C: How did you get here , Newt?
N: 2 days(N raised his thumb, jerking it in a hitchhike gesture.) C: Does your mother know?
N: I didn’t come to see my mother.
C: Who did you come to see?
C: Why me ?
N: Because I love you. Now can we take a walk? One foot in front of the
other---through leaves, over bridges.
(Now They were taking the walk, were in a woods with a brown-leaf floor.) C:Newt. this is absolutely crazy.(angry and rattled ,close to tears)
N: How so?
C: What a crazy time to tell me you love me .You never talked that way before. (stopped walking)
N: Let’s keep walking.
C: No, so far ,no farther. I shouldn’t have come out with you at all.
N: You did.
C: To get you out of the house .If somebody walked in and heard you talking to me that way. A week before the wedding.
N，What would they think?
C: They'd think you were crazy.
C:( took a deep breath)Let me say that I am deeply honored by this crazy thing you’ve
done. I can’t believe you really love me ,but maybe you do. But―
N:I do. Catherine, set what others think aside.
C: Well .I am deeply honored. and I am very fond of you as a friend; Newt, extremely
fond―but it’s too late.(took a step away from Newt)You’ve never even kissed me.
(protected herself with her hands)I don’t mean you should do it now. I just mean
this is all so unexpected. I haven’t got the remotest idea of how to respond.
N:Just walk some more. Have a nice time.
(They started walking again.)
C: How did you expect me to react?
N: How would I know what to expect? I’ve never done anything like this before.
C: Did you think I would throw myself into your arms?
C :I’m sorry to disappoint you.
N: I’m not disappointed. I wasn’t counting on it. This is very nice, just walking. C: ( stopped again)You know what happen next?
C: We shake hands. We shake hands and part friends. That is what happens next. N: (nodded)All right. Remember me from time to time. Remember how much I loved
you.(C burst into tears, turned her back to N, looking into the trees in the woods.)
N:What doses that mean?
C:rage.(clenched her hands)You have no right.
N:I had to find out.
C: If I’d love you, I would have let you know before now. N: You would?
N, looked up at N, her face quite red)You would have known. C: Yes.(faced
C: You would have seen it. Women are not very clever at hiding it.
N: Men are not very clever at discovering it. But now I know.
(N looked closely at C's face, kissed her.)Let’t walk, don’t stop.
C: You’re hell to get along with!
N: I am?
C: You should not have done that.
N: You didn’t like it！
C，What did you expect―wild, abandoned passion?
N:I keep telling you, I never know what’s going to happen next. C: We say good bye.
N:？frown slightly)All right.
C:I am not sorry we kissed. That was sweet. We should have kissed, we’ve been so
close. I’ll always remember you, remember our happy hours.(She deeply reached
back into the past.)
(Ten years ago, when Newt was a little boy, Catharine a little girl. An early morning,
N knocked on C’s front door.)
N: Catharine, it’s 7 o’clock already. We should leave now. C: Oh, I’m coming, Wait a moment.Just a minute. Books, keys, pens…everything is
ok now. Let’s go.
N: Wait. Wait
C: What's wrong?
(N kneeled down to tie C's shoes.)
N:You must pay more attention next time, or you may fall down. Get it?
C: I know. Thanks.(N coughed slightly.) Newt, are you OK?
N: Don’t worry, I’m fine.
C: You must let me know if you feel sick.(N nodded.) Ah! I have a gift for you.(taking
a beautiful shawl out of her schoolbag)I ‘ve prepared for many days.(putting up the
shawl for N)
N:It's really a nice and warm shawl. I like it very much. Thanks. But, we must go
right now.(taking C's bag naturally)
C:Newt, Good luck.
N:You too.(take a deep breath).Can I ask you the last question? C:Yes, I’m listening.
N:You really love him?
C:Certaily I love him! I would not marry him if I didn’t love him!
N:What’s good about him?
C:Honestly! Do you have any idea how offensive you are being ? Many many many
things are good about Henry ! Yes! And many many many things are probably bad
too. But that’s none of your budiness. I love Henry , and I don’t have to argue his
merits with you!
(Newt kissed her again )
(They were now in a large orchard.)
C:How did we get so far from home, Newt? N:One foot in front of the other―through leaves, over bridges. C:They add up―the steps.
N:School for the blind
C:School for the blind, I have to go back now. N:Say goodbye
C:Every time I do, I seem to get kissed. (Newt sat down on the grass under an apple tree.) N:Sit down.
N:I won’t touch you.
C，I don’t believe you.
(She sat down under another tree, closed her eyes.) N: Dream of Henry.
N:Dream of your wonderful husband to be. C:All right, I will.
(She closed her eyes tighter.)
(She came out from under her tree, knelt by Newt.)
N:H’m?(opened his eyes)
N:I love you,
(N stood, stretched groaningly.) N:A very nice walk.
C:I thought so,
N:Part company here?
C:Where will you go?
N:Hitch into town
N:You, too. Marry me , Catharine? C: No.
(Newt smiled, stared at her for a moment, then walked away.
She watched him grow smaller in the long perspective of shawdows and trees.
Newt stopped. He turned.)
N : Catharine.
(Catharine ran to him, put her arms around him, could not speak.)