(ROADSHOW SCENE NO. 10)
307 - INT. TEA SHOP IN THE PARK - DAY
It is cold, Holman is in his peajacket. Shirley wears a coat.
They are by themselves.
I -- get so excited watching those kids learn. Back home most
of us just went through the motions -- got by. Here, there's
a sense of purpose. They want to do something.
HOLMAN (wry smile)
Yeah. Get rid of the U.S. Navy.
Well, wouldn't you feel the same if the Chinese had gunboats
running up and down the Mississippi?
SHIRLEY (very serious, very young)
I hope some day all people can pledge allegiance to something
beyond their country. To something that emphasizes, oh, not our
differences, but the things we have in common. Like -- like what
you found in Po-Han.
Well -- he was different.
Jake, everyone's different. That's what makes them interesting.
In a small way it's what we're doing at China Light. People live
wonderfully together. It's only nations that can't get along.
Like Frenchy and Maily. Why can't they get married? Who has a
right to say "No."?
Well -- they ain't the same color.
They don't seem to mind.
I don't know.
SHIRLEY (suddenly intense)
Jake, you do know if you'll just give yourself a chance to.
All your life people have been telling you what to do and how
Look, I told you. I'm in the Navy 'cause I was put there.
I didn't go lookin' for it.
Then why don't you get out?
And do what?
I gotta go back.
It's all right.
Don't be angry --
He leaves. She watches him go -— worried and sad.
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