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