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A CATWALK. SOUNDS OF PREPARATION. SOFT MUSIC IN BACKGROUND.

Standing are EBBA and NATALYA, heads together gossiping. EBBA looks up in surprise as BRIAN enters and sits separately. He is escorting CAROLLE. EBBA turns to NATALYA.
EBBA

You could have found him someone more exciting. She's not a great journalist.
NATALYA

Bloody tarrible journoleest, but good wide hips. We do makeover, change the hair.
EBBA

I'd have liked a higher IQ.
NATALYA

Your brother will be spurned by clever woman. He is chauvinist.
EBBA

Only by default.
NATALYA

Sure. What woman can compete with his laboratory? It's the best I can do.
She waggles her huge engagement ring across at CAROLLE. Who comes across to marvel at it.
NATALYA

Many, many carats. The price...you long to know, Carolle...is three hundred and fifty thousand pounds...special price for Mr Wainthropp. (She lifts CAROLLE's hand, looks at CAROLLE's small engagement ring, drops CAROLLE's hand dismissively.)
Michelene...Michelene...come and sit with me.
MICHELENE, seeing them, looks outraged. Then joins them. CAROLLE scurries away back to BRIAN. Who waves cordially at MICHELENE.
MICHELENE

What are you doing here?


NATALYA

Salabrating.
MICHELENE

Don't tell me - ? (Glaring at BRIAN and CAROLLE.)
NATALYA

Rebound. After you give him kick out of door.
MICHELENE

I give him...? (She covers.) Well, second thoughts time. I'm sorry, Ebba, do hope Brian isn't feeling too bruised.
EBBA

I hear he's given you his share of the house. What are you going to do, sell it?
MICHELENE

I've already done a swap for a Notting Hill five storey with four bathrooms, conservatory, and access to private gardens.
NATALYA

Good condition?
MICHELENE

Not a decent fitting in the place.
NATALYA

I will advise. Aspect?
MICHELENE

Backing south-west.
NATALYA

Very good. Furnish moderne, but not minimal -is crap. Good pictures...but domestic...you are not a gallery...so, nice Euan Uglow girl's bum, Rose Hilton, little Craigie Aitcheson yellow bird ...I have also some Russian painters who will be so, so valuable soon. Simple pale walls...no false marble, no splash about with silly finish... plain kitchen - Aga I suppose. I will assist.
MICHELENE

Thank you.


NATALYA

But you are still wearing them! (She yanks at MICHELENE's pearls.)
MICHELENE

Sorry...
NATALYA

Jewels must be good!
MICHELENE

That's all very well, I don't have your advantages, Princess -
NATALYA

You have no money? Look at girls coming from Chelsea Art School. Do they have money? They look sensashonal! Find unfashionable shop in area where they...what is...peoples taking in things for money...
EBBA

Hock shops. Pawnbrokers.
NATALYA

Yah. Look and find. For your skeen - garnets...many ropes...and yellow topaz, like your eyes. Fire opals to give life to the face...and dye your hair red! Be lively woman...peacock. And cease to worry. Take a little drugs from time to time - relax...maybe find a good protector.
MICHELENE

Where am I going to find a Lamarr Wainthropp, like Ebba?
NATALYA

He is with me now. Ebba is with Jack. (MICHELENE's jaw drops.) For Ebba, moonstones, river pearls, everything pale. But you. Never again enter chain store, not even for G-string. Cease to be English...`oh, we don't talk of money, we are rentier living off preference of the world.' You don't have these colonies any more. Like Americans say - get wise. Make Money. You are persistent woman - sell! Woman who can sell is rich - independent! But first you need ten thousand for the teeth.
MICHELENE

Princess, where am I going to find that sort of money?



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