Act I Scene I
Death is going around through the town fast and furiously. There’s talk of it with every kind of person and it seems that soon it will become a common bedtime story.
Delaney: Hey, what’s your name miss!
Delaney: You’re not the Melinda that’s dead are you?
Delaney: Well, that’s good news, for you at least.
Delaney: Did you hear about Jeremy, the man in Ellington street with the dirty overalls?
Melinda: Heard he owned a fine set of pigs.
Delaney: [smiles] Oh, yes! And after he went up somewhere between heaven and hell yesterday, the neighbors took one pig each for free.
Melinda: My god!
Delaney: I know, for FREE!
Melinda: But he’s d----
Delaney: But really, when you got a good look at them, they weren’t that big.
Melinda: But de---
Delaney: Probably feed the family for 3 days if they get a good price out of it. Ron earns enough from his job, we don’t need pigs to feed us.
Melinda: Jeremy’s dead?
Delaney: Well, that what I said, didn’t I? And his brother and sister--- both knocked in the head a little--- were sitting with the corpse for days. Didn’t even realize that if brother Jeremy wasn’t moving or breathing it meant he was dead.
Delaney: Yes, yes. [getting carried away a little] They only found out about it a week later because it smelled so bad whenever they walked past the house. And you know the oddest thing?
Melinda: And what is that?
Delaney: The Bargads, Jarkins, and Geroks all searched inside and outside the house, but they couldn’t find Jeremy’s body!
Delaney: The last date of entry in his diary is precisely a week before and there is no trace of him afterward.
Melinda: Then what about the smell?
Delaney: Smelling right like roses the next day, they said. Someone must have cleaned it all up in midnight when no one would notice.
Melinda: Mighty kind of the man.
Delaney: Or woman.
Melinda: yes, yes.
Delaney: And mighty secretive too. Why would you do that?