(It is five o'clock. A woman is getting out of a taxi.)
Woman Good afternoon! Are you the manager?
George Er, no ... yes! Yes, I am.
Woman Have you got a room here for me?
George A room? Oh no. I'm afraid we're full.
We're very busy this year.
Woman What! No rooms. Busy? But I think my
George That's right, no rooms. We've got
important people in the hotel today. But er ... what's your
Woman Margaret Adams. And I'm tired, too.
George Oh, all right. Come in.
(In the hotel again.)
George Yes, you can have a room for one or
two nights. But it's small and you can't see the sea.
Woman But I want to see the sea. Have you got any
George I don't know ... No. There isn't another
room. We're very busy, you see.
Woman And I'm very tired. The small room's
OK. Why are you busy?
George A famous TV star is coming.
Woman Oh, very interesting. Do you like TV?
George No ... er ... yes! Very much.
Woman Yes, I do too. I like films best.
George Here's your key. Your room is number
Woman Thank you. I'm going up to my room
now. Please bring my bag - it's outside, in the street.
(The woman goes out.)
George Her bag? I haven't got time. I can't
take her bag to her room.
(George carries the woman's bag into the hotel and quickly
puts it in a cupboard. Mary comes in. She is drinking coffee.)
Mary Who's that woman, George?
George That's ... er ... Miss Adams. She's
in room 5.
Mary Oh, that's a horrible room. It's very
small and you can't see the sea.
George That's right. But it is quiet. It's
fine for her. She's only going to stay for one or two nights.
Do you like the new light in the big room? It's nice, I think
... very nice.
Mary It's horrible, George. Red and yellow
flowers! Ugh! And it's very big. Is it safe?
George Safe? Yes, oh yes, it's safe. Ha,