Episode 3

Roles in this act:

  1. Elsa
  2. Grandpa
  3. Conductor

(On a train from Florida to New York)

Elsa: Excuse me. Is this (1) _____  _______?

Grandpa: No, it's not taken.

Elsa: Oh, thank you.

Grandpa: Oh, let me help you with this.

Elsa: Oh, thank you.

Grandpa: Do you want to sit (2)  _____the window?

Elsa: No, no, no. I like the aisle seat better. Please, you sit by the (3)  ________.

Grandpa: My name is Stewart... Malcolm Stewart. Pleased to (4)  ______you (IE).

Elsa: I'm Elsa Tobin. How do you (5) ______?

Grandpa: Do you live (6) _____New York?

Elsa: No, no, I'm (7) _______Florida.

Grandpa: I am, too. But didn't you just get on?

Elsa: No, no. I just changed my seat. A man next to me was (8) ________, and smoke really bothers me. Where are you (9)_______in Florida?

Grandpa: Titusville. It's near Orlando.

Elsa: (10)_______world (IE). I'm from Titusville, too.

Grandpa: Really? What part?

Elsa: My husband and I live near Spaceport.

Grandpa: Well, I know that area. My house is only a few miles from Spaceport. Do you still live there?

Elsa: Oh yes, yes. My husband's there now. He couldn't take (11) _____off (IE)  to come to New York with me. Do you still live there?

Grandpa: No. I sold the house and the furniture, put a few personal things in an old trunk and shipped it to my children in New York. That's my (12) __________.

Elsa: Are you married?

Grandpa: My wife died (13) ______years ago. She was a (14) _______woman. A (15) ____ friend.

Elsa: I'm sorry. Really, I'm sorry.

Grandpa: Lots of wonderful (16) ________. We were married almost (17)_____years. Well, forty-seven, to be exact.

Elsa: John and I celebrate our fortieth anniversary next month.

Grandpa: Oh, congratulations! That's nice. What does John do?

Elsa: He's an aerospace (18) _______and works for Orlando Aircraft Corporation. He started with them almost forty years ago. What do you do?

Grandpa: I just retired. Had my own company. A construction company. (19)______, _______, big stuff. But I just sold it and retired.

Conductor: Excuse me, ma'am. Ticket, please.

Elsa: Would you kindly hold these keys, please? I have a ticket, I know. I was in the smoking section.

Conductor: It's OK, lady. Take your (20)______. (IE)

Grandpa: I'm sure it's in your purse, Mrs. Tobin.

Elsa: Oh, here it is.

Grandpa: And here are your keys.

Elsa: Thank you.

Grandpa: Do you have (21)_______in New York?

Elsa: No, no, but do have very close friends in New York City. We like to go to the (22)________together. You said you have family in New York.

Grandpa: Yes, indeed. A son and his wife and their three children - my (23)____________.

Elsa: You must be (24) _________.

Grandpa: I can't (25) _______ to see them!(IE)

Elsa: Are you going to live with them?

Grandpa: Yes.

Elsa: Permanently?

Grandpa: Well...they want me to, but it's too (26) ______ (SOON) to know for sure. I'm pretty independent. I tried to teach my kids the importance of independence, but I'm not sure I want to be alone. Some people don't mind being alone. I do.

Elsa: I understand, but tell me: Why did you (27) ________working?

Grandpa: I retired because... I wanted to be with my (28) _______. I didn't want to be alone anymore!