The Elephant Man

ENTRY HALL - TREVES' HOME

We see a door. It opens and Treves walks in. He shuts the
door, locks it, goes to a coat rack on the wall and hangs up
his overcoat and hat. He notices his reflection in a mirror
and examines himself wearily. Anne's smiling reflection appears
beside his.

ANNE
Did it go well, darling?

TREVES
Yes, very well, I think.
Are the girls in bed?

ANNE
Yes, and they send their kisses.
Would you like your sherry now?

TREVES
No, I think a whiskey.


WHITECHAPEL - NIGHT

We now see a bunsen burner roaring flame reflected in Bytes'
eyes. Pulling back we see Bytes, quite drunk, sitting, cooking
sausages over the hot brick. He takes another drink from
his gin bottle. Up comes a wet belch and he takes another
drink.

The E.M. is crouched against the wall with a bowl of potatoes
and a cup of water in front of him. With his good hand, he
is picking tiny pieces of potato and feeding himself. The
eating is fairly loud and animal-like. The drinking is even
worse.

The Boy is across the room asleep, wrapped in ragged little
blankets.

The E.M. takes a drink of water, making a loud smacking,
slurping sound. Bytes looks up from his cooking with a
smouldering look, just waiting for him to make the sound
again. He does and Bytes takes his crop and violently jabs
him.

BYTES
Belt up, you misbegotten garbage.
(mumbling to himself)
How can I eat with that?

Bytes takes a mouthful of gin and mockingly slurps it mimicking
the E.M.'s sound.

BYTES
(yelling)
How can I eat with THAT?

The E.M. picks and eats some more and then drinks again very
tentatively. Because of his fear the water catches in his
throat and he spits and coughs out onto the floor, gasping
and wheezing for breath.

Bytes is up and whacks him with his riding crop.

BYTES
Out of my sight!

The E.M. struggles to get up, carrying his food.

BYTES
(not satisfied with his speed)
NOW!

He jabs the E.M. again, spilling his potatoes and water onto
the floor.

BYTES
You clumsy sod!

He pushes the E.M. again, then slips on the potatoes and falls
heavily to the floor, crying out in shock. Then rage hits
him. The E.M. backs up.

BYTES
YOU!

The Boy wakes up in fear. Bytes moves quickly toward the
E.M. raising his crop. The E.M. stumbles and falls backward
onto the floor. His head goes back and he begins gasping for
air. Bytes yanks him up and hits him in the face with his
riding crop. The force of the blow knocks a glob of spit
into the air from the E.M.'s mouth. The E.M. gasps and
wheezes horribly as Bytes hits him again and again.

From across the room.

BOY
Bytes! DON'T...

Bytes goes right on with the beating.

BYTES
This won't do, my lad. This
just won't do!

RECEIVING ROOM - LONDON HOSPITAL

We see the eyes of the Boy. As we pull back from them, they
widen with recognition.

WIDE SHOT of the Receiving Room. Treves has entered and the
Boy walks quickly up to him.

BOY
Our man is sick. Come right
away.

TREVES
What is it?

BOY
Like this.
(he breathes heavily in and
out to demonstrate the E.M.'s
difficulty)

TREVES
I'll get my bag.


VOCABULARY

animal-like- zwierzęcy
belch- beknięcie
belt up ! - zamknij się!
bunsen burner- palnik gazowy
clumsy- niezręczny, niezgrabny
crop - plon
crouch- kucać
examine - badać
garbage- śmieć
gasp for air- próbować nabrać powietrza
glob- odrobina, kropla
jab - dźgać
lad- chłopak
mimick- naśladować, przedrzeźniać
misbegotten- fatalny, nic nie warty
mockingly- drwiąco, kpiąco
mouthful- łyk, kęs
mumble- mamrotać
Out of my sight ! - Zejdź mi z oczu!
rack - wieszak
rage - wściekłość
ragged- niechlujny, obdarty
recognition- rozpoznanie
reflection - odbicie (w lustrze), odzwierciedlenie
roaring - (o płomieniu) mocny, duży
slurp - siorbać
smack- mlaskać, ciamkać
smoulder - tlić się
sod- drań (wulg.)
spill - rozlać
spit- pluć
stumble - potykać się
tentatively - niezobowiązująco
This won't do- to nic nie da
tiny- maleńki, drobny
wearily - ze znużeniem
whack- walić, grzmocić
wheez - rzęzić, sapać
wrapped- owinięty




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