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PORCELAIN AND PINK

A 13-page comic script by Ayal Pinkus.

Revision Fri Nov 10 17:22:31 CET 2017.
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Lois wants Julie to get out of the bath because she wants to prepare for a date, but Julie is not in a mood to do her sister a favor...

A short comic based off of a play by the same name by F. Scott Fitzgerald, famous for writing short stories that depict scenes from the Roaring Twenties.

Based on a play by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

This script is released under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public License , which means artists are allowed to modify and use this script without having to pay a fee.

STORY OVERVIEW

This takes place during the roaring 20s.
  1. Julie is taking a bath. A window is above her head. It is open, and people looking in can not see her bathing. Her sister Lois walks in. "Oh, I'm sorry, I didn't know you were here," Lois says.
  2. "Will you please come out of the bath? I have a date with Mr. Calkins," Lois asks. "No," Julie answers. Julie splatters water at Lois who looks angry and leaves.
  3. Julie is laughing when suddenly she hears a male voice saying, "Hello?" Julie responds alarmed, letting out an "Eeek!" "Ready to go out?" Mr. Calkins asks. "Almost. I'm wearing my pink dress," she replies.
  4. Lois walks back in. "I thought you said you were wearing pink?" MrCalkins asks. "Aahhh!" Lois says as she drops to the floor. "She fainted. I'll be right in!" Mr. Calkins says. Julie reaches for the towel her sister dropped as she says, "in that case, I'll be right out."

CHARACTERS

Lois: The younger sister, bathing. She's a bit of a flapper.
Julie: The older sister, wanting to take a bath. She's more traditional than her sister.
Mr. Calkins: Lois' date for the night. A handsome, well-read well-groomed man.

PAGE ONE - THREE PANELS

PANEL ONE (010_010)

Establishing shot of a Victorian style house.

PANEL TWO (010_020)

Julie is bathing herself in a small clawfoot bath. She is humming. Above her is an opened window. People who look through the window can't see her bathing. The room looks like a regular room with wooden floor, not like our modern bath rooms.

PANEL THREE (010_030)

Lois has walked in. She is standing at the doorway carrying clean clothes and a towel.

1. LOIS: Oh, I'm sorry, I didn't know you were in here.

PAGE TWO - FIVE PANELS

PANEL ONE (015_010)

Lois is standing at the doorway looking at Julie who is taking a bath. Julie doesn't seem to be in a hurry, and Lois seems to be getting nervous and apprehensive. She realizes she's at her sister's mercy.

1. LOIS: Will you please come out of the bath? I have a date.

PANEL TWO (015_020)

Julie pushes herself up, she's surprised, her interest piqued.

2. JULIE: A date?

PANEL THREE (015_030)

Lois tries to respond with a nonchalance as if it's no big deal.

3. LOIS: Well... he isn't coming in. He'll call for me.

PANEL FOUR (015_040)

Julie eases herself back into the bath.

4. JULIE: Ah, the plot thickens. It's that Mr. Calkins mother disapproves of.

PANEL FIVE (015_050)

5. LOIS: She detests him because he's just got a divorce.

PAGE THREE - FOUR PANELS

PANEL ONE (017_010)

1. JULIE: So that's why I noticed all these weighty books around the house lately.

PANEL TWO (017_020)

2. LOIS: He lends them to me, and, well, you gotta play his game. Will you please come out of the bath?

PANEL THREE (017_030)

3. JULIE: Do you remember that one cold day last January when you used up all the hot water?

PANEL FOUR (017_040)

4. LOIS: So you won't come out then?

PAGE FOUR - FIVE PANELS

PANEL ONE (018_010)

1. JULIE: After the water turns cold and I refill it with warm.

PANEL TWO (018_020)

2. LOIS: When I come back -

PANEL THREE (018_030)

3. JULIE: Please leave the towel.

PANEL FOUR (018_040)

4. LOIS: What? This towel? Why... you don't even have a kimono! How did you get here?

PANEL FIVE (018_050)

5. JULIE: I whisked here, naked, down the stairs, and -

PAGE FIVE - SEVEN PANELS

PANEL ONE (019_010)

1. LOIS: Have you no pride? No self respect?

PANEL TWO (019_020)

2. JULIE: Lots of both. I look really cute in my natural state.

PANEL THREE (019_030)

3. LOIS: So what if there had been guests in the house?

PANEL FOUR (019_040)

4. JULIE: There never have been, yet.

PANEL FIVE (019_050)

5. LOIS: Yet! How long have you - well, I hope you get caught.

PANEL SIX (019_060)

6. JULIE: Please leave the towel.

PANEL SEVEN (019_070)

7. LOIS: You can roll on the floor like an animal.

PAGE SIX - FIVE PANELS

PANEL ONE (020_010)

Julie's hand splatters water from the tap.

1. JULIE: Get out!

PANEL TWO (020_020)

Lois has pulled the door so that it protects her from the splash of water Julie had directed toward her. She's clearly angry and leaving.

PANEL THREE (020_030)

Julie is laughing out loud.

PANEL FOUR (020_040)

Julie is taking her time washing herself gracefully. Julie humming as she's bathing.

PANEL FIVE (020_050)

Mr. Calkins stands at the window, looking in. From his point of view, the room looks like a regular room. He can't see Julie in the bath.

2. MR. CALKINS (A VOICE COMING THROUGH THE WINDOW): Hello?

PAGE SEVEN - FIVE PANELS

PANEL ONE (030_010)

Julie lets out a shriek as the male voice that came through the window catches her by surprise.

1. JULIE: Eeek!

PANEL TWO (030_020)

Mr. Calkins speaking.

2. MR. CALKINS: Don't be startled, it's me! Shall we go out? Or do you still believe everybody will gossip?

PANEL THREE (030_030)

3. JULIE: Gossip? It'd be a regular scandal!

PANEL FOUR (030_040)

4. MR. CALKINS: Now now. Your family may disapprove of me, but no one else really cares.

PANEL FIVE (030_050)

5. JULIE: You don't know what you ask.

PAGE EIGHT - FIVE PANELS

PANEL ONE (032_010)

1. MR. CALKINS: Are you house-cleaning? I see all the pictures are off the walls.

PANEL TWO (032_020)

2. JULIE: We never have pictures in this room.

PANEL THREE (032_030)

3. MR. CALKINS: Really? I never heard of a room without any pictures.

PANEL FOUR (032_040)

4. JULIE: There's not even any furniture in here.

PANEL FIVE (032_050)

5. MR. CALKINS: What a strange house!

PAGE NINE - FIVE PANELS

PANEL ONE (034_010)

1. JULIE: It depends on the angle you see it from.

PANEL TWO (034_020)

2. MR. CALKINS: It's quite nice to talk to you like this. So glad I can't see you...

PANEL THREE (034_030)

3. JULIE: So am I.

PANEL FOUR (034_040)

4. MR. CALKINS: What color are you wearing?

PANEL FIVE (034_050)

Julie is looking at her body.

5. JULIE: Well, I guess it's a sort of pinkish white.

PAGE TEN - FOUR PANELS

PANEL ONE (035_010)

1. MR. CALKINS: Does it look good on you?

PANEL TWO (035_020)

2. JULIE: Very. It's old. I've had it for a long time.

PANEL THREE (035_030)

3. MR. CALKINS: I thought you hated old clothes.

PANEL FOUR (035_040)

4. JULIE: I do, but this was a birthday present and I sort of have to wear it.

PAGE ELEVEN - FIVE PANELS

PANEL ONE (036_010)

1. MR. CALKINS: Pinkish white. Well, I bet it looks divine on you. Is it in style?

PANEL TWO (036_020)

2. JULIE: Quite, it's a very simple, standard model.

PANEL THREE (036_030)

3. MR. CALKINS: What a voice you have! Sometimes, when I close my eyes ... I see you on a far desert island... You are calling for me ... and I plunge toward you in the surf ... Water stretches on both sides of you -

PANEL FOUR (036_040)

4. JULIE: You're, eh... you're very poetic, aren't you?

PANEL FIVE (036_050)

5. MR. CALKINS: No, I do prose. Did you read the books I brought you?

PAGE TWELVE - FOUR PANELS

PANEL ONE (037_010)

1. JULIE: I'm reading Ivanhoe at the moment.

PANEL TWO (037_020)

2. MR. CALKINS: Oh. I thought you ... you are certainly hard to keep up with. If I didn't understand you so well -

PANEL THREE (037_030)

3. JULIE: Oh, you're one of these amateur character readers, are you? Size people up in five minutes. I hate that sort of thing.

PANEL FOUR (037_040)

4. MR. CALKINS: Oh, Lois, I'm not sizing you up. You're mysterious, beautiful, intelligent, and virtuous. Oh how I love you... Lois, oh, how I wish I could see you... Please come to the window...

PAGE THIRTEEN - FIVE PANELS

PANEL ONE (040_010)

Lois has walked back into the bathroom.

PANEL TWO (040_020)

Mr. Calkins is peeking into the room and he has a surprised look on his face.

1. MR. CALKINS: I thought you said you were wearing pink?

PANEL THREE (040_030)

Lois faints, dropping her clean clothes and towel.

2. LOIS: Aaaaah!

PANEL FOUR (040_040)

The window, but now with Mr. Calkins missing.

3. MR. CALKINS (OFF-PANEL): She fainted. I'll be right in!

PANEL FIVE (040_050)

Julie reaches for the towel her sister dropped.

4. JULIE: In that case, I'll be right out.

THE END