Simon: You look happy.
Ann: It's nice to be back. I still can't believe this is our home.
Simon: "Property is theft."
Ann: Does that apply to the Harley?
Simon: No! That's mine. I meant we don't really own this place, do
we? Just occupy
it for a while. It'll be here long after we're gone. Actually, we really don't
it anymore, the Trust does.
Ann: But we have life occupancy and life appointments to the Board.
Simon: Well we didn't have to be stupid about it. It was going to cost a fortune to
renovate. Now we can fund raise, get grants, tax relief.
Ann: Well, I'm glad we did it and I'm glad to be back here with you.
The old dining room is looking quite cheerful these days.
Simon: Let's go get reacquainted with the upstairs.
Simon: Welcome everyone to the first meeting of the year for the
Stoney Grove Trust. I know things have got off to a slow start
after our establishment last year, but here we are now under way-- though
fortunately, considering the weather, not under water.
Shirley: Not that you've been suffering the weather. I'm sure it was
lovely in California.
Ann: We were visiting my parents, Shirley. They are very eager to meet you
all when they come for a visit.
Simon: Yes, well back to business. As you know, we have the filming
starting next week. Mr. Daily has kindly given up his time to come down
and explain to us what that will mean. I thought I'd let him go first so
we can go over any other business after he leaves.
Arthur: Thank you, Simon. Well, Iím sure you are all excited by the
upcoming filming. For us itís an honour to be filming at such a historic
Simon: Thank you, Arthur.
Arthur: Youíre welcome. Now I know that being around stars can be a bit
intimidating. Itís quite a cast and I know that youíll be eager to
meet and talk with them. If you have requests, like autographs and things,
please pass them through my girl Friday Irene, and sheíll do her best to
help. Now, weíll try to let some of you be around for filming, but this
is a business and time is our biggest cost. It may look chaotic at times,
but we do know what we are doing, and everything that is happening is
important to our vision. As one of my
colleagues said, ĎThere are no small decisions in making pictures.í So
let us do our work and soon itíll be done and you can go back to your
normal lives and this will all seem like a dream.
Emma: So basically we should stay out of the way and let you get on with
Arthur: We'll try to accommodate you when we can, but yes.
Evelyn: How long will you be here?
Arthur: Well, lovely though it's been to see you all again, I really need to
get going now.
Ann: I think Evelyn meant for the filming.
Arthur: Oh right. Well the schedule can change of course, but right now
we're planning on doing some shooting in February and March and then coming back
May or June for the final spring shots.
Ann: So you'll be done by summer.
Arthur: If not we'll be bankrupt! As I said, time is money. My driver is waiting,
Iíll be off.
Thank you Simon, and any questions through Irene please.
[Arthur and Irene leave]
Evelyn: Dream or nightmare? There is a nasty rumour going around that
they want to put in a walled garden and a fountain by the Lake.
Simon: Yes, that's right. One of the 'themes,' trapped love, bursting
fountains, that sort of thing. Ours are evidently not like the ones in the
book so they're building new ones. I thought we might keep it all. Tourist
attraction after the TV program airs. The public will love it.
Emma: Simon, we have a real house and landscape. People will come and see
that. It has integrity.
Simon: So will this, it'll be just like the book. Anyway discuss any
problems with Phil, he's the business manager. Meeting adjourned.
Phil: Sorry everyone, just need a word with Simon. Simon?
[Simon leaves, followed by Phil]
Evelyn: Have you read the book? Bloody awful tripe if you ask me.
Emma: I don't think anyone did ask you, Evelyn. We've all read
it and we all think Frank's mother did a wonderful job.
Evelyn: Oh, sorry Frank. Didn't mean to upset you. But it is
dreadful, really. Don't you think?
Frank: Well, I've always had a soft spot for it.
Shirley: I think it's a beautiful story. Not as good as 'Adrift at
Sea,' of course, but lovely nevertheless. I hope they don't spoil
Emma: Frank, what's the matter? Evelyn didn't mean to be cruel. She
doesn't like fiction, that's all.
Frank: It was her.
Emma: Yes, Frank. It was Evelyn.
Frank: No, no. It was her!
Emma: Who Frank? Are you seeing people now as well as hearing them? Who
Frank: The lady with that horrible man. It was Sam.
Emma: Arthur's assistant? I think she's called Irene. Who's Sam?
Frank: I told you, I told you my story and now she's come back. The girl
from my class when I was a teacher.
Emma: Let's go and have some tea with Shirley. She's just down the hall
now, what with her legs and Martin. Let's go and sit a while, shall we?
Frank: That would be nice.