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THE STRONGER

A 3-page comic script by Ayal Pinkus.

Revision Wed Nov 22 14:28:22 CET 2017.
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A wife confronts the woman who she believes is having an affair with her husband.

STORY OVERVIEW

Johan August Strindberg (1849 - 1912) was a Swedish playwright, novelist, poet, essayist and painter. He is considered the "father" of modern Swedish literature. This short comic is an adaptation of the 1889 play by Strindberg by the same name.

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.

PAGE-BY-PAGE BREAKDOWN

  1. Introduce the location: a 19th-century cafe, Jugendstill, Christmas eve, a christmas tree, snow and cold outside, nice and warm inside. Miss. Y sits at a table reading a magazine and drinking a beer as Mrs. X steps into the cafe and approaches her in the distance.
  2. Mrs. X comes closer to Miss. Y. We see the angry look on Mrs. X's face now but Miss. Y doesn't notice her yet. Mrs. X's shadow now drops over Miss. Y and Miss. Y finally looks up, surprised.
  3. Mrs. X loomingly stands over Miss. Y and sternly and Mrs. X angrily tells Miss. Y to stay away from her husband, or else she'll scratch her eyes out, and then Mrs. X leaves again, angrily, leaving Miss. Y shocked, then with a smile forming on her face as she continues reading a magazine.

CHARACTERS

Mrs. X: Mrs. X has children who come first place so she doesn't take that good care of herself. She gained a few pounds over the years, she's a tad older. She dresses in something puritan, upperclass that reveals as little skin as possible. She walks up-right. She is a mother. She is reliable, dependable, trustworthy, timid and a bit naive, caring, protective, mature, of age, experience in life, she knows how do deal with setbacks gracefully.
Miss. Y: Miss. Y is a smug gorgeous model, young blonde femme fatale golddigger slouching in her chair in a loose summer dress with tulips on them. She loves tulips. She's easy, fun-loving, careless, always with a sardonic smile. She manages to have affairs with married men, who take care of her. She's mellow, but restless like a predator, always looking for greener pastures, looking for the next male victim. She doesn't talk much, looks down on housewives, never wants to be one but loves the perks.

PAGE ONE - SIX PANELS

010_010_3: triple panel, only included when number of colums is 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 or 6.

Establishing shot: street view of a 19th century cafe. It is snowing and people are shopping, walking the streets carrying christmas presents. Also the title panel.

PANEL ONE (010_010_3)

Establishing shot: street view of a 19th century cafe. It is snowing and people are shopping, walking the streets carrying christmas presents. Also the title panel.

1. TITLE: The Stronger

2. TITLE: Adapted by Ayal Pinkus Based on a play by Johan August Strindberg

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Establishing shot: street view of a 19th century cafe. It is snowing and people are shopping, walking the streets carrying christmas presents. Also the title panel.

PANEL TWO (010_010_1_mobile)

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Establishing shot: street view of a 19th century cafe. It is snowing and people are shopping, walking the streets carrying christmas presents. Also the title panel.

3. TITLE: The Stronger

4. TITLE: Adapted by Ayal Pinkus Based on a play by Johan August Strindberg

010_020_31: single panel.

Interior of the cafe: jugendstill ornaments or maybe some liquor bottles on a shelf.

PANEL TWO (010_020_31)

Interior of the cafe: jugendstill ornaments or maybe some liquor bottles on a shelf.

010_030_31: single panel.

Bar tender pouring drinks behind the bar. People line the bar trying to get his attention. 19th-century smart-dressed men.

PANEL THREE (010_030_31)

Bar tender pouring drinks behind the bar. People line the bar trying to get his attention. 19th-century smart-dressed men.

010_040_31: single panel.

Interior of the cafe: people sit next to a Christmas tree.

PANEL FOUR (010_040_31)

Interior of the cafe: people sit next to a Christmas tree.

010_050_31: single panel.

Interior of the cafe: jugendstill ornaments, hig-heeled women shoes walk in the door.

PANEL FIVE (010_050_31)

Interior of the cafe: jugendstill ornaments, hig-heeled women shoes walk in the door.

010_060_3: double panel, only included when number of colums is 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 or 6.

MISS Y. has in front of her a partly emptied bottle of beer; she is reading an illustrated weekly. In the distance, MRS. X. enters dressed in hat and winter coat, and carrying a pretty Japanese basket on her arm, looking around, as if searching.

PANEL SIX (010_060_3)

MISS Y. has in front of her a partly emptied bottle of beer; she is reading an illustrated weekly. In the distance, MRS. X. enters dressed in hat and winter coat, and carrying a pretty Japanese basket on her arm, looking around, as if searching.

010_060_1_mobile: single panel, only included when number of colums is 1.

MISS Y. has in front of her a partly emptied bottle of beer; she is reading an illustrated weekly. In the distance, MRS. X. enters dressed in hat and winter coat, and carrying a pretty Japanese basket on her arm, looking around, as if searching.

PANEL SEVEN (010_060_1_mobile)

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MISS Y. has in front of her a partly emptied bottle of beer; she is reading an illustrated weekly. In the distance, MRS. X. enters dressed in hat and winter coat, and carrying a pretty Japanese basket on her arm, looking around, as if searching.

PAGE TWO - FIVE PANELS

020_010_3: double panel, only included when number of colums is 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 or 6.

Mrs. X is approaching now, but Miss. Y doesn't notice.

PANEL ONE (020_010_3)

Mrs. X is approaching now, but Miss. Y doesn't notice.

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Mrs. X is approaching now, but Miss. Y doesn't notice.

PANEL TWO (020_010_1_mobile)

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Mrs. X is approaching now, but Miss. Y doesn't notice.

020_020_31: single panel.

Close-up on the angry bitter look on Mrs. X's face.

PANEL TWO (020_020_31)

Close-up on the angry bitter look on Mrs. X's face.

020_030_31: single panel.

Miss. Y, oblivious to Mrs. X's presence, continuing to read her magazine calmly.

PANEL THREE (020_030_31)

Miss. Y, oblivious to Mrs. X's presence, continuing to read her magazine calmly.

020_040_3: double panel, only included when number of colums is 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 or 6.

Mrs. X's shadow is now cast over Miss. Y, which probably makes it hard for her to read on.

PANEL FOUR (020_040_3)

Mrs. X's shadow is now cast over Miss. Y, which probably makes it hard for her to read on.

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Mrs. X's shadow is now cast over Miss. Y, which probably makes it hard for her to read on.

PANEL FIVE (020_040_1_mobile)

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Mrs. X's shadow is now cast over Miss. Y, which probably makes it hard for her to read on.

020_050_3: triple panel, only included when number of colums is 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 or 6.

Worried, surprised, Miss. Y looks up in at Mrs. X as Mrs. X towers over her.

PANEL FIVE (020_050_3)

Worried, surprised, Miss. Y looks up in at Mrs. X as Mrs. X towers over her.

020_050_1_mobile: single panel, only included when number of colums is 1.

Worried, surprised, Miss. Y looks up in at Mrs. X as Mrs. X towers over her.

PANEL SIX (020_050_1_mobile)

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Worried, surprised, Miss. Y looks up in at Mrs. X as Mrs. X towers over her.

PAGE THREE - SIX PANELS

030_010_31: single panel.

Mrs. X addresses Miss. Y sternly.

PANEL ONE (030_010_31)

Mrs. X addresses Miss. Y sternly.

1. MRS. X.: Stay away from my husband or I will scratch your eyes out

030_020_3: double panel, only included when number of colums is 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 or 6.

Mrs. X towers over Miss. Y menacingly, threateningly, we see her from Miss. Y's point of view.

PANEL TWO (030_020_3)

Mrs. X towers over Miss. Y menacingly, threateningly, we see her from Miss. Y's point of view.

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Mrs. X towers over Miss. Y menacingly, threateningly, we see her from Miss. Y's point of view.

PANEL THREE (030_020_1_mobile)

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Mrs. X towers over Miss. Y menacingly, threateningly, we see her from Miss. Y's point of view.

030_030_3: double panel, only included when number of colums is 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 or 6.

Mrs. X has turned and is walking away as Miss. Y watches her leave.

PANEL THREE (030_030_3)

Mrs. X has turned and is walking away as Miss. Y watches her leave.

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Mrs. X has turned and is walking away as Miss. Y watches her leave.

PANEL FOUR (030_030_1_mobile)

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Mrs. X has turned and is walking away as Miss. Y watches her leave.

030_040_31: single panel.

Close-up on Miss. Y's look of surprise.

PANEL FOUR (030_040_31)

Close-up on Miss. Y's look of surprise.

030_050_31: single panel.

Miss. Y has started to grin.

PANEL FIVE (030_050_31)

Miss. Y has started to grin.

030_060_3: double panel, only included when number of colums is 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 or 6.

Miss. Y continues reading, engrossed in her magazine again, a smile from ear to ear.

PANEL SIX (030_060_3)

Miss. Y continues reading, engrossed in her magazine again, a smile from ear to ear.

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Miss. Y continues reading, engrossed in her magazine again, a smile from ear to ear.

PANEL SEVEN (030_060_1_mobile)

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Miss. Y continues reading, engrossed in her magazine again, a smile from ear to ear.

THE END