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1

Lala

how do you like the tree so far, Mama?

2

Where did that star come from?

I bought it at Rich's.

3

Take it down!

Why?

4

Take it down this minute!

I like it.

5

Jewish Christmas trees don't have stars.

Why not?

6

A star is a symbol of the birth of the Messiah.

Oh pooey.

7

If you have a star on the tree, you might as well go back on down to Rich's and buy a manger scene and stick it in the front yard.

I'd like that.

8

Now take down that star.

I wish you two could see yourselves.

9

Is my hair funny?

Atlanta is the center of the world tonight and you two are going at me over a Christmas tree ornament. We ought to be celebrating.

10

Celebrating what, I'd like to know

Mama! Clark Gable is less than five miles from this house right this very second..

11

Drat!

Tonight is the most important event in the history of Atlanta.

12

I did something wrong. I'm never going to get this sweater finished in time for Sunny to take back to college!

Why certainly not for me?

13

You have other things to think about.

What?

14

Ballyhoo.

Ballyhoo is ages away.

15

Less than two weeks. And nobody's asked you.

I don't care!

16

I do.

Then get somebody to ask you. And leave me alone

17

Phone Sylvan Weil in Lake Charles. That's all I ask.

Mama

18

well why not

girls don't ask boys to Ballyhoo

19

Call Lake Charles

I've got to get ready to go

20

where are you going

to town

21

town for what

the premiere

22

you don't have a ticket to the premiere

I don't care. I'll still get to see everything.

23

You mean you're planning to go down there and stand out in the street

yes

24

are you crazy

I want to feel the excitement in the crowd. to taste it. to smell it.

25

it's the most ridiculous thing I ever heard of - running off downtown by yourself in the dark

you don't understand I have to

26

have to?

yes

27

why?

well I might as well go ahead and tell you the news

28

what news

I'm writing a novel

29

Oh my word

it takes place in Atlanta during the Reconstruction period and the title is though your sins be scarlet

30

well I swan - good for you

anyway, that's why I have to go be at the premiere