Ms. Forthwrite's Inquiry
Act One, Scene One
(Outside it is snowing, XAVIER and NEWT meet at an old diner to talk)
NEWT: Xavier, have you finished your account?
XAVIER: Signed and ready to go. Say, where is your mistress?
NEWT: Please please, she will be along in a minute. Rachel never knew how to be of service when her time comes.
XAVIER: (Chuckles) Well, save me the dread. Rachel always knew how to be an entertainer. Maybe she'll mess up this time and miraculously postpone this meeting.
NEWT: You procrastinator. Surely this isn't a game to you. As my partner, I expect you to be on alert, and to not complain.
XAVIER: Very well. But tell me this, you are friends with Emma Forthwright....right?
NEWT: I very much am. She is a dear girl, bright and authentic If I may say. Ah here is Rachel.
TRISTIE: Xavier! I should have guessed!
XAVIER: Ah Miss Longtimmin! A pleasure to meet you once again.
TRISTIE: I dare say. Do not try to flatter me like last time. I have no wish to flirt with you. In fact, I come on an urgent request. Governess Mia Forthwright is needing assistance from Newt Pentton. Where is Newt?
XAVIER: He just left to greet his mistress. What of service can we be?
TRISTIE: (nervous) Emma has not been herself. Maybe if you were to bring Newt and his mistress to the manor, Emma will feel better again.
XAVIER: Oh yes! I have heard that Emma has not been herself. It is interesting to know what one can do after being gone merely a weekend.
TRISTIE: Emma went on a trip for four days. Surely not just one weekend. But that is of no matter. Newt is needed right away.
XAVIER: We were to go to a meeting. Unfortunately we cannot come today.
TRISTIE: The Governess has already postponed your meeting Mr. Thomas. Please come.
(TRISTIE runs off)
(NEWT Comes with RACHEL)
RACHEL: Good day Xavier.
XAVIER: Good day Ms. Pentton.
NEWT: Did I just see dear little Tristie approach you?
XAVIER: Oh yes. Our meeting has been canceled due to Governess Forthwright's wishes. We are to see Emma immediately.
RACHEL: Has something happened to the poor darling?
XAVIER: I've heard some terrible trauma has happened during her recent trip.
NEWT: Well then, Off we go. Quickly quickly.
Scene One Drops