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MISS WATSON Any age between 25 and 35: attractive but not conventionally
SAM LANG A big, well-dressed, self-made businessman
of 40. He has modelled himself so ostentatiously upon executives in cheap American
films that it takes a while to notice his intelligence.
A brisk assistant manager of 25.
MRS. MILDREN The accountant:
a neat, homely woman of forty-five.
MRS. LANG A pretty, faded,
fashionably dressed, nervous woman. Her accent and manners indicate a more genteel
background than her husband.
SAM LANG's office. A large desk stands against a large decoration of
Chinese dragons in red, black and gold. The desk has two telephones and a Chinese
statuette of an old man with long whiskers. In a desk drawer, a switch that activates
a recording of voices, with sawing or hammering noises. Before the desk are three
low easy chairs around a coffee table. There are two doors, one of them the entrance,
the other leading to a small cloakroom-toilet.
are four scenes. The only change of set is from the second onwards, when a small
table with typewriter and 'in' and 'out' trays stands at an angle toward the desk.