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Suicidal Wedding

 
FADE IN:


              EXT.  SIR WEYDEN'S HOUSE TERRACE. DAY
 
              Groups of people drink and talk around a swimming pool.
 
              27-year-old bride TRACY kisses 34-year-old dark-skin RICARDO SAINT-
              ANDRÉ on the cheek. SAINT-ANDRÉ—whose most prominent feature
              is his protuberant aquiline nose, wears a black suit and a
 
           white scarf. 29-year-old GABRIELLE stands nearby. A
              professional camera hangs from Gabrielle's neck. She snaps
              pictures of people now and then. FRANK, a 70-year-old
              steward, serves drinks.
 
                                  TRACY
                               (excited)
                        Ricardo! I'm so delighted you made
                        it all the way from America.

              Tracy embraces him.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Tracy! Gabrielle--my wife.
 
                                  TRACY
                            (cold)
                        Are you? Of course! I'm so sorry I
                        couldn't come to your wedding.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        Never mind. I sent the invitations
                        too late.
 
              Tracy peruses Gabrielle.
 
                                  TRACY
                               (to Ricardo)
                        Five years is a long time. Now
 
                       we are married.

        
                            RICARDO
 
                        I'm anxious to congratulate the groom.

                    
                  TRACY
                       What for? You could have married the
 
                      daughter of a tycoon as well.
                               (to Gabrielle)
                        How did you like the University in
                        America?
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        I'm glad it's over. I just finished
                        my one-year internship with the US
                        government.
 
                                  TRACY
                        I see.
                            (to Ricardo)
 
                       Is it true that you intend to move
 
                       to England for good?
                                 
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Gabrielle found a job in a
                        Manchester-based consulting
                        company.
 
                                  TRACY
                        Did she?

                                  GABRIELLE
                        We are quite surprised as well--believe
                        me.
 
                                  TRACY
                        I believe you. An outcome
 
                       of globalization.
                               (to Ricardo)
                        Did I hear that you are going to open a
                        detective bureau--as in Portugal?
 
                                  RICARDO
                               (smiling)
                        I'd rather work as a Professor.
 
                                  TRACY
                        Of Spanish?
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Of theatre. I studied Drama in the US.
 
                                  TRACY
                        Yes, of course. What a pity.
 
                       Scotland Yard requires with urgency
 
                       people like you. There are too many
 
                       weirdoes on the streets.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        We have also sent the sick and the desperate
 
                       to jail.
 
              Tracy opens her mouth, puzzled. She smiles.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        I beg you, don't take Gabrielle's remarks
                        too seriously.
 
              65-year-old SIR WEYDEN approaches. 23-year-old ALBERT
              accompanies him.
 
              Frank serves a drink to Sir Weyden.
 

                                  SIR WEYDEN
                        Thanks, Frank.
 
                                  TRACY
                        Sir Max Weyden, Albert Urwin, this
                        is Mister Saint-André.
                               (staring at Gabrielle)
                        Gabrielle--his wife.
 
              Albert looks at her. Gabrielle looks at him. They shake hands.

                                  ALBERT
                        Enchanté.
 
                                  SIR WEYDEN
                        How was your flight from Portugal?
 
                                  RICARDO
                        We actually flew from Pennsylvania.
 
                                  TRACY
                        Ricardo just testified in a trial.
 
                                  SIR WEYDEN
                        Did you?
 
                                  RICARDO
                        We did. Gabrielle was hired to gather
                        evidence against a man accused of
                        having murdered his second wife.
 
                                  ALBERT
                               (laughing)
                        I suppose those Quakers intend to
                        murder him in return.
 
              Sir Weyden looks coldly at him.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Actually Gabrielle proved his
                        innocence.
 
                                  ALBERT
                               (surprised, to
                                Gabrielle)
                        Are you a lawyer?
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        I have just developed an instinctive
                        sympathy for victims, Mr. Urwin.
 
              Albert smiles and looks intensely at her. Tracy looks at him.
 
                                  TRACY
                        Albert and I study dentistry at
                        the University of Manchester.
                               (beat)
                        Rachel!
 
              65-year-old red-hair RACHEL and 56-year-old white-hair MRS.
 
             LAWN approach them.
 
                                  RACHEL
                        Tracy!
                               (to Sir Weyden)
                        Max!
                               (to Albert)
                        How are you, Albert?

                                  ALBERT
                        Enjoying this placid evening.
                        Thanks. Are you still leaving your
                        French guest locked outside, Mrs.
                        Lawn?

              Albert laughs.
 
                                  MRS. LAWN
                               (offended)
                        Monsieur Philippe is blaming me
                        for all the awful sicknesses he
                        has developed while living in this
                        country! It offends our sense of
                        justice. He has gone so far as to
                        ask me to pay for his medical
                        bills!
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              EXT. IN FRONT OF MRS. LAWN'S HOUSE. NIGHT
 
              MONSIEUR PHILIPPE, a 55-year-old man, tries in vain to open
              the front door. He steps back and screams out at the windows.
 
                                  ALBERT (V.O.)
                        If you locked him outside on a
                        winter day, you must assume the
                        responsibility. You were lucky he
                        didn't get pneumonia.
 
              It snows. The windows are closed.
 
                                  MRS. LAWN (V.O.)
                        That man is not suited for our
                        weather conditions.
 
              Monsieur Philippe coughs.
 
                                                       BACK TO SCENE:
 
              EXT. SIR WEYDEN'S HOUSE TERRACE. DAY
 
                                  MRS. LAWN
                               (to Tracy)
                        I have never left a creature
                        outside my house in 35 years of
                        work.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        Henry Purcell, one of my most dear
                        composers, was never locked out of
                        his house until he was 35. One
                        week later, he died.
 
                                  MRS. LAWN
                        Oh! Are you... a foreigner?

                                  GABRIELLE
                        I’m a man.
 
                                  SIR WEYDEN
                               (to Gabrielle,
                                impatient)
                        Mrs. Lawn suffered a heart attack
                        last week.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        No kidding!
 
                                  RACHEL
                               (suddenly smiling)
                        This weather is extraordinary,
                        indeed.
                               (to Sir Weyden)
                        In our past celebration we had
                        rain the entire evening, Sir Weyden.
 
                                  ALBERT
                        I remember. It was a simple
                        wedding.
                               (to Tracy)
                        I hope you don't mind, darling.
 
                                  SIR WEYDEN
                        Tracy knows my life as much as I
                        know hers.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        May I know, then, how many times
                        have you been married, Sir?
 
                                  SIR WEYDEN
                               (ill-humored)
                        Four.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        A remarkable record. Is Tracy your
                        fifth bride, then?
 
                                  SIR WEYDEN
                        Yes.
 
                                  TRACY
                               (to Rachel and Mrs.
                                Lawn)
                        Mister Saint-André is an old
                        acquaintance of our family. He
                        once helped us resolving a family
                        dispute, in Portugal.
 
                                  RACHEL
                        Oh! Sir Weyden owns a country house near Lisbon.
 
                       I love the South of Portugal.

                                  GABRIELLE
                        Do you? Or do you rather love
 
                       Sir Weyden’s company?
 
              Sir Weyden laughs. Mrs. Lawn and Rachel look uneasy.
 
                                  MRS. LAWN
                            (to Ricardo)
                        How do you like England, Monsieur?
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Yes, I do. It’s green and cold.
                               (to Rachel)
                        Congratulations on the sale of
                        your house.
 
                                  RACHEL
                               (surprised)
                        Have we met each other before?
 
                                  RICARDO
                        This morning, in front of a
                        restaurant. You came out of a
                        small house on sale. A married
                        couple followed you.
 
                                  RACHEL
                               (offended)
                        Do you both intrude always in other
                        people's lives, Mister?
 
                                  TRACY
                        Rachel, please!

                                    ALBERT
 
                       He was, after all, a private
 
                       detective.
 
                                  SIR WEYDEN
                               (conciliatory)
                        You have an admirable memory,
                        Mister...
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Saint-André.
 
                                  MRS. LAWN
                    (skeptical)
                        Saint-André? Are you French?
 
                                  RICARDO
                        You are not the first person surprised
                        by my swarthy complexion,
                        Mrs. Lawn. I was born in Bolivia.
 
              Rachel gazes at Sir Weyden with surprise.
 
                                  RACHEL
                            (impatient)
                        Tracy! Can you introduce us to
                        Hernán Sousa?

                                  ALBERT
                        The football player?
 
              Tracy gestures in agreement. They walk away. Mrs. Lawn
              follows them.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        I find your house quite suitable
                        for these kinds of festivities.
 
                                  SIR WEYDEN
                               (impatient)
                        What do you do for a living,
                        Mister?
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Well… I translate books.
 
                                  SIR WEYDEN
                        No wonder.
                               (scornful)
                        I import goods from America. My
 
                       business relationship
                        with that young country is fairly
                        profitable.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        I’m sure that Tracy will help
                        you to increase your wealth.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              EXT. SIR WEYDEN'S HOUSE TERRACE. DAY.
 
              26-year-old SARA and 31-year-old HERNAN walk along the
              swimming pool along a wooden fence.
 
                                  HERNAN
                        They have always preferred your
                        sister. Didn't you see the car
                        they bought her for her wedding?
 
                                  SARA
                        We'll get another. My step-mother
                        promised me an equal share for our
                        wedding.
 
                                  HERNAN
                        Right. And the Cottage?
 
                                  SARA
                        That was a gift from Lord Halifax.

                                  HERNAN
                        Ah! Lord Halifax. That old bastard
                        removed you from his will. They
                        must consider your future. Sir
                        Weyden is a gold digger. I do not
                        have interest, whatsoever, in the investments
                        of your family.
 
                                  SARA
                        Quit your job with the club. Let's
                        go to Boston, Hernán!
 
                                  HERNAN
                               (defensive)
                        A soccer player is nobody in the United
                        States.
 
              Sara looks at Ricardo, who stands on the other side of the
              swimming pool.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              EXT. SIR WEYDEN'S HOUSE TERRACE. DAY.
 
              65-year-old MR. PERRY. who has a facial deformity, talks to
              35-year-old MRS PETRA. Seated close to her, 70-year-old MR.
              BALTIMORE reads a newspaper.
 
                                  PETRA
                        Did he sign the contract?
 
                                  PERRY
                        All the papers are in order.
 
                                  PETRA
                        Wonderful.
                               (to Mr. Baltimore)
                        At this pace we'll be able to
                        print the brochures before the end
                        of the year.
 
              Mr. Baltimore has fixed his gaze on Ricardo.
 
                                  PETRA
                               (continuing)
                        Darling!
 
                                  MR. BALTIMORE
                        Sara has invited an exceptional
                        character.
 
                                  PETRA
                               (looking at Ricardo)
                        Who is he?

                                  MR. BALTIMORE
                        Ricardo Saint-André. He
                        worked for me as a private
                        detective. The diamond affair. Did
                        I tell you?
 
                                  PETRA
                        Yes. I've heard something about it. Now I
                        remember. Where is he from?
 
                                  MR. BALTIMORE
                        From India or Brazil—I'm not sure…
 
              Sara and Hernán approach.
 
                                  PETRA
                        You bought a splendid dress, Sara.
                        Was it another of your presents,
                        Mr. Sousa?
 
                                  SARA
                        My father paid for it, Petra. Did
                        you forget to check his accounts
                        this morning?
 
                                  PETRA
                               (smiling)
                        I did.
 
                                  MR. BALTIMORE
                        Petra has asked you a simple
                        question, Sara. Be patient with us
                        today, please.
 
                                  PETRA
                        Congratulations on your last game,
                        Mr. Sousa.
 
                                  HERNAN
                        Did you receive the tickets on
                        time?
 
                                  PETRA
                        I'm afraid we couldn't get them.
                        But I read an enthusiastic article
                        about you.
 
                                  HERNAN
                        I will mail you another couple of
                        tickets.
 
                                  SARA
                        They've never been interested in
                        your professional career, Hernán.
                        They hope we'll split up before
                        Christmas.

                                  HERNAN
                               (conciliatory)
                        You almost succeeded in inviting
                        the whole community, Mr. Baltimore.
 
                                  MR. BALTIMORE
                               (impatient)
                        This is OUR community, Mr. Sousa.
                        You will understand me better once
                        you go back to your country.
 
                                  SARA
                        This is his country, Dad.
 
              Albert, Gabrielle, Rachel, Tracy, and Mrs. Lawn approach.
 
                                  MR. BALTIMORE
                        Is it?
 
              Petra takes her husband's newspaper and reads it.
 
                                  SARA
                        Gabrielle! I'm so happy to see you
                        again.
 
              Sara embraces Gabrielle.
 
                                  SARA
                               (continuing)
                        Where is Ricardo?
 
              Petra hands out the newspaper to Albert.
 

                                  PETRA
                               (to Albert)
                        Albert! Did you hear about that
                        wicked dentist?
                               (to Sara)
                        He has been infecting his patients
                        for 30 years.
 
                                                       INSERT:
 
              Albert reads the headline: «Doctor Knox, portrait of a serial
              killer.» Beneath it there is a photo of DOCTOR KNOX--a 70-
              year-old bald man.
 
                                                       BACK TO SCENE:
 
                                  ALBERT
                        Actually, he is one of our
                        professors. A wicked genius.
                        Tracy! Didn't you see him on the
                        day they arrested him?
 
                                  TRACY
                        It was a nightmare.

                                  ALBERT
                How so?

                                  TRACY
              I don't want to talk about it.

                                  SARA
                               (to Gabrielle)
                        Where are you staying?
 
                                  TRACY
                        Sara! Let me introduce Hernán to
                        Albert.
 
              Albert and Hernán shake hands.
 
                                  ALBERT
                        It's a pleasure to meet you. I
                        hope you will stay in Cheshire for
                        good.
 
                                  HERNAN
                        I cannot think of a better place
                        to live. Sara's family has been
                        very warm and hospitable.
 
                                  RACHEL
                               (to Sara, flattering)
                        I heard you were planning to get
                        married. Is it true?
 
                                  SARA
                        You don't know, darling, how much
                        gossip Hernán's family has
                        motivated among my relatives and
                        friends.
 
                                  RACHEL
                           (smiling)
                        What do you think about that, Mr.
                        Baltimore? Would you like to
                        increase your family all over
                        Brazil?

              Tense silence.
 
                                  MR. BALTIMORE
                        Sara deserves the best.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              EXT. SIR WEYDEN'S HOUSE TERRACE. DAY.
 
              Wagner's nuptial march is interpreted by an ORCHESTRA, placed on
 
             a small platform.
 
                                  TRACY
                        Cheers!
 
              200 guests, seated around a white-covered long table, raise
              their champagne glasses in a toast.
 
                                  ALL
                        Cheers!

              Tracy and Sir Weyden drink from metallic cups, linking their
              arms. People laugh and talk. They scatter and cluster.
 
              Hernán and Sara walk away.
 
                                  RICARDO (O.S.)
                        Sara!
 
              They meet Ricardo and Gabrielle. Ricardo holds a cup in his
              hand. Gabrielle takes a picture of Sara.
 
                                  SARA
                        Ricardo!
 
                                  RICARDO
                        I may presume you are the bride,
                        Sara. You look splendid!
 
                                  SARA
                        How charming! This is Hernán Sousa.
 
              Hernán and Ricardo shake hands.
 
                                  HERNAN
                        It's a pleasure to meet you. Sara
                        has mentioned you both in
                        the most commendable terms.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        That's very generous of her.
 
                                  HERNAN
                        I understood you cleared her name,
                        after her mother's death.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        A trifle.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                               (to Sara)
                        We were worried about you. Why
                        didn't you answer my e-mails?
 
                                  SARA
                        I haven't had the strength... to
                        tell you.
 
                                  HERNAN
                        Sara has been in psychiatric
                        treatment for five months.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        I'm sorry.
                               (pause)
                        Are you leaving the party?

                                  SARA
                               (surprised)
                        Just for a while. I see you met
                        the groom... A bloody asshole.

                                   RICARDO
                       A proud and ambitious man.

                                   HERNAN
                       No one exceptional—by my
                        standards.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        Your dress is spotted.
 
              Sara looks at her white dress. There is a yellow spot over
              it, just above her belly.
 
                                  SARA
                        Oh! That's why I'm leaving.
                        Excuse me… I'm so happy to see
 
                       you both!
 
              A tear runs down Sara's cheek.
 
              Sara and Hernán walk away.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              INT. SIR WEYDEN'S HOUSE. NIGHT
 
              The interior of a Victorian mansion. Petra plays Mozart's
              second movement of the piano sonata No 11, K. 331.
 
              Of all the characters introduced until now, only Gabrielle
              and Ricardo are present. Gabrielle listens attentively to the
              music. Ricardo looks across the room.
 
              Waiters serve drinks and snacks to the guests, who are
              sprawled on the canopies.
 
              Behind the guests there is a glass wall. Ricardo concentrates
              his sights on two silhouettes projected against it. One
              figure slaps the other across the face. The silhouettes
              disappear.
 
              Ricardo concentrates on the music. He listens to a
              conversation.
 
                                  WOMAN 1 (O.S.)
                               (whispering)
                        They have all left the party.
                        There is no reason why we should
                        stay here.
 
                                  MAN 1 (O.S.)
                        They will reward us with a piece
                        of cake.
 
                                  WOMAN 1 (O.S.)
                        If we don't leave, Tommy, I will
                        fall asleep in this chair.

              Suddenly a loud noise is heard--the sound of a car crashing.
 
              People spring up out of their seats and run outside.
 
              Ricardo moves towards a window. Gabrielle follows him.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              EXT. SIR WEYDEN'S HOUSE TERRACE. NIGHT
 
              A Mercedes is half-smashed against a wall. Inside, Hernán,
              behind the wheel, lies unconscious. His forehead bleeds.
 
              Mrs. Lawn comes out of the house and screams. She looks at a
              nearby tree.
 
              Mr. Baltimore raises his eyes.
 
              Sara hangs from the tree. A note is stuck to one of her hands.
 
              Ricardo looks at her from a window.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              EXT. MANCHESTER CEMETERY. DAY
 
              All the characters, but Tracy, listen to FATHER SAMUEL, a
              tall 44-year-old priest. They wear mourning clothes and carry
              umbrellas. It rains.
 
                                  FATHER SAMUEL
                        Lux aeterna luceat eis, Domine,
                        cum sanctis tuis, in aeternum-quia
                        pius es.
 
              Ricardo looks at Mr. Baltimore, who looks at the coffin,
              where Sara lies.
 
              Petra looks at Sir Weyden. She turns towards Ricardo. Ricardo
              looks at Father Samuel.
 
                                  FATHER SAMUEL (O.S.)
                        Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine,
                        et lux perpetua luceat eis. Cum
                        sanctis tuis, in aeternum, quia
                        pius es.
 
              Albert looks at Gabrielle. Gabrielle looks at him. Ricardo
              looks at Gabrielle.
 
                                  FATHER SAMUEL (O.S.)
                               (continuing)
                        Gloria Patri et Filio: et spiritu
                        sancto. Sicut erat in principio et
                        nunc et semper: et in saecula
                        saeculorum. Amen.

              Requiem music. The coffin is lowered into the grave.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              EXT. MANCHESTER CEMETERY. DAY
 
              Mr. Baltimore opens the door of his car. Petra gets in. In
              the background, people get into their cars.
 
              Mr. Baltimore walks towards the driver's side door. A voice
              stops him.
 
                                  RICARDO (O.S.)
                        You don't believe Sara committed
                        suicide. Do you?
 
              He meets Ricardo.
 
                                  MR. BALTIMORE
                        Ricardo!
                               (sadly smiling)
                        I would like to agree with you.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Would you agree to start a private
 
                       investigation? Comme en le vieux temps.
 
              Mr. Baltimore sighs.
 
                                  MR. BALTIMORE
                        Nothing would be more pleasant
                        than to question the tragic end of
                        my child. But then, we must admit
                        she was murdered. I'm a pacifist.
 
                       Punishment won't ease my pain.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Sara was dear to us as well.
 
                                  MR. BALTIMORE
                        She was always dear to strangers.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        I understand you didn't get along
                        with her fiancé.
 
                                  MR. BALTIMORE
                        He was a rude man. He even sent her
                        to the hospital once.
 

                                  RICARDO
                        En serio?

                                  MR. BALTIMORE
                        She never admitted it.
                               (almost sobbing)
                        Poor Sara! She claimed she was the
                        victim of a burglar. But she was
                        just protecting him, a... scum!
 
                                  RICARDO
                        That scum works for your football
                        club.
 
                                  MR. BALTIMORE
                        Always money!
 
              Mr. Baltimore, unable to speak further, gets into the car.
              The car starts.
 
              Ricardo looks around. He sees Gabrielle, who talks to Albert.
              Both smile under an umbrella.
 
                                                       FADE OUT:
 
                                  TITLE CARD
                        «One Week Later»
 
                                                       FADE IN:
 
              EXT. MANCHESTER'S CITY HALL. DAY
 
              Ricardo stares at the morning newspaper. On the first page is
              written:
 
                                  HEADLINE
                        «Forensic report confirms suicide
                        of Sara Baltimore».
 
              Gabrielle stands besides Ricardo. The camera hangs from her
              neck.
 
              A Rolls Royce is parked by the sidewalk. Mr. Baltimore and
              Sir Weyden come out from city hall and get in.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Murders are often committed by
                        ambitious grooms.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                               (skeptical)
                        I'd rather suspect the unsuspected.
 
                                  RICARDO
                               (ironic)
                        Here come our men.
 
              The Rolls starts. Ricardo walks towards the car.

              Mr. Baltimore looks out from the window and recognizes
              Ricardo.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              INT. ROLLS. DAY
 
                                  MR. BALTIMORE
                               (to the chauffeur)
                        Charles, stop for a moment, please.
 
                                                       BACK TO SCENE:
 
              EXT. MANCHESTER'S CITY HALL. DAY
 
              The Rolls stops next to Ricardo.
 
              Gabrielle takes a couple of pictures of Ricardo, Mr.
              Baltimore, and Sir Weyden.
 
                                  MR. BALTIMORE
                        Would you like a ride to your
                        hotel, Señor Saint-André?
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Thank you. I have an appointment
                        with Inspector Zayed.
 
                                  SIR WEYDEN
                        Do you know him?
 
                                  RICARDO
                        For quite a while.
                               (to Mr. Baltimore)
                        I hope you will understand my
                        doubts, Mr. Baltimore.
 
                                  MR. BALTIMORE
                        I do, believe me, I do. If you can
                        prove she didn't commit suicide,
                        I... I...
 
              Mr. Baltimore covers his eyes with his hands.
 
                                  SIR WEYDEN
                        Why is your life partner taking
                        pictures of me?
 
                                  RICARDO
                        She is an grown up. You can ask
                        her.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                               (approaching)
                        I was intrigued by the color of
                        your hair, Sir.


                                  SIR WEYDEN
                               (ironic)
                        Thanks.
                               (to Ricardo)
                        Do you suspect I murdered poor
                        Sara on my wedding night?
 
                                  MR. BALTIMORE
                        That's a theory we haven't
                        considered... Yet.
 
                                  SIR WEYDEN
                        Goodbye Sir. Madame.
 
              The car starts.
 
              Ricardo notices INSPECTOR ZAYED, who stands close to them.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        Daniel!
 
              Zayed embraces her.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              INT. MANCHESTER'S PUB. DAY
 
              Ricardo, Gabrielle, and Zayed drink glasses of water. Zayed
              peruses pictures of people at the party.
 
              He stares at the picture of Mrs. Lawn.
 
                                  ZAYED
                        Kim Lawn. She came from Birmingham
                        in the early 50s. Her husband died
                        of a heart attack last year. A
 
                       pro-life activist during her
 
                       free time, she owns and manages
 
                       a bed & breakfast.
 
              Zayed stares at a picture of Petra.
 
                                  ZAYED
                               (continuing)
                        Petra Schreiber. Born in Austria,
                        she came to England shortly after
                        the second world war. Her parents
                        died in a car accident. Ph.D. in
                        composition from Oxford,
 
                       she used to work as a
                        violin teacher--she was, as a
                        matter of fact, the music tutor of
                        the Baltimore girls. Now she works
                        as a pro-choice activist.
 
              Zayed stares at a picture of Albert.

                                  ZAYED
                               (continuing)
                        Albert Urwin. A student of
                        dentistry. He owes about fifty
                        thousand pounds to credit
                        institutions.
 
              Zayed stares at a picture of Rachel.
 
                                  ZAYED
                               (continuing)
                        Rachel Newton, a key property
                        manager. Ex-nanny of the Baltimore
                        girls, she still maintains a close
                        relationship with Tracy.
 
              Zayed stares at a picture of Sir Weyden.
 
                                  ZAYED
                               (continuing)
                        Sir Maximilian Weyden. A gambler
                        and a playboy, who spends his
                        holidays in Monaco and Las Vegas.
                        Sara opposed Tracy's marrying
                        him.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        You told us something about their
                        lack of closeness, didn't you?
 
                                  ZAYED
                        Sibling rivalry. They were always
                        getting involved in each other's
                        business. Sara used to complain
                        about the parties Mr. Baltimore
                        was throwing for her sister in
                        Manchester. Fifty thousand pounds
                        per party--used to say Sara over
                        and over.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                               (to Ricardo)
                        Don't you remember the day Tracy
                        visited us in France?
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Her first question was about
                        Sara's monthly allowance.
 
                                  ZAYED
                        Family tensions are commonplace.
                               (pause)
                        Do you want to prove her innocence?
 
                                  RICARDO
                        I have reasons to suspect she was
                        murdered.

                                  ZAYED
                               (skeptical)
                        I'm afraid to tell you that I
                        agree with the official report.
                        According to her medical records,
                        Sara had a history of depression.
                        The fact that she chose her
                        sister's wedding day to commit
                        suicide does not surprise me at
                        all. Did you read her suicide note?
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Yes. I took it out from her hand.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              EXT. SIR WEYDEN'S HOUSE. NIGHT
 
              The Mercedes is smashed against the wall. Groups of people
              look at the scene--which is cordoned off with plastic.
 
              An ambulance awaits the victims. Two nurses place Hernán,
              unconscious, inside. Gabrielle looks at Hernán's hand: he
              grasps a can of beer.
 
              Petra cries, leaning on the shoulder of Mr. Baltimore. Tears
              roll down Gabrielle's cheeks.
 
              Two policemen lower Sara's body from the tree. Gabrielle
              peruses the knot: a surgeon's knot.
 
              Ricardo advances and takes a small adhesive note from Sara's
              corpse's hand. He reads it.
 
                                  RICARDO (V.O.)
                        «Don't blame anyone... Sara
                        Baltimore».
 
              Ricardo places it back to her hand. He walks under the tree
              where Sara was found. He finds several footprints on the
              grass.
 
                                                       BACK TO SCENE:
 
              INT. MANCHESTER'S PUB. DAY
 
              Ricardo looks at his empty glass of water.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Did you see the footprints, under
                        the tree?
 
                                  ZAYED
                        By the time we arrived, they were
                        no longer visible--too many people
                        had stepped underneath…
                       
                                   GABRIELLE
 
                       The graphologist?

 
                                   ZAYED
 
                       He confirmed Sara's handwriting.

                                    RICARDO
 
                       Yes, but…
                       
                                   ZAYED
 
                       Her own relatives are not
 
                       interested to support an investigation.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Mr. Baltimore authorized me to
                        proceed with my own inquiries--just
                        about thirty minutes ago.
 
                                  ZAYED
                        I'm surprised.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        So am I.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              EXT. OLD TRAFFORD STADIUM. DAY
 
              Players from the local team roll the ball over the grass.
 
              Ricardo and Gabrielle look at them from the stands--two
              colorful spots among hundreds of chairs.
 
              Both share a plate of fries.
 
              25-year-old goalkeeper DAVID BOGLE catches a difficult shot
              under the goalpost.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 

              EXT. OLD TRAFFORD STADIUM. DAY
 
              Ricardo, Gabrielle, and Bogle walk along the green, desolated
              field.
 
                                  BOGLE
                        I don't like to gossip about
                        people's private lives, Mister..
 
              Bogle reads a printed card he holds in his hands.
 
                                  BOGLE
                               (continuing)
                        Saint-André... Ricardo Saint-André.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        You can call me Ricardo.
 
                                  BOGLE
                               (to Gabrielle,
                                smiling)
                        Are you French or Spanish?

                                  RICARDO
                        I'm from Bolivia, but my last name
                        is French.
 
                                  BOGLE
                        My wife is from South America as
                        Well--from Peru.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                               (cold)
                        She has to be from somewhere.
 
                                  BOGLE
                        Sara... She was one of our
                        best friends. She and my wife used
                        to talk about politics. South
                        America is a corrupt continent--
                        you know it. Peasants are still
                        struggling against feudalism. Have
                        you visited Macchu Picchu?
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Not yet. Peru is far from Bogotá.
 
                                  BOGLE
                        Yes. There's a considerable
                        distance between all South
                        American countries... Anyway;
                        Hernán and Sara wanted to go with
                        us to the Incan city. We are
                        peers. Players don't always get
                        along with their coach. There are
                        factions. One needs to rely on
                        someone else...
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        As in war.
 
                                  BOGLE
                        You understand my point.
                               (beat)
                        I pray for Hernán... His head was
                        smashed against a window.
 
              Bogle grasps his head with his hands.
 
                                  BOGLE
                               (continuing)
                        God!
 
                                  RICARDO
                        His brain, nonetheless, is intact.
                        The police believe he was confused
                        by the sight of his girlfriend
                        hanging from a tree.

                                  BOGLE
                        Lies!
 
                                  RICARDO
                        I see we both agree on one point,
                        Mr. Bogle.
 
                                  BOGLE
                        Beware the Baltimore family,
                        Mister. They own half of this city.
                               (beat)
                        You should meet my wife.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              EXT. ROAD BEFORE SIR WEYDEN'S HOUSE. NIGHT
 
              Ricardo, standing on the road, looks  at Sir Weyden's house.
              He notices Tracy, who comes out of the house and stops
              beneath the tree where Sara died.
 
              Tracy peruses the ground. She sobs and kneels.
 
              Sound of airplane. She turns around. Ricardo walks away,
              along the opposite side of the road, towards a parked taxi.
 
              He notices a field to his right. He stops and looks around.
 
              He discovers a landing strip. A small airplane lands. Sir
              Weyden gets off the airplane. Frank, driving a Rolls,
              approaches to pick up Sir Weyden.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              INT.  TAXI. DAY
 
              Ricardo and Gabrielle talk while the taxi moves along the
              city.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Have you realized how kindly all
                        the suspects look at us?
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        A cultural trait, Tico. British
                        politeness.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Do you suspect Tracy?
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        Five years can make a murderer out
                        of a thief.

                                  RICARDO
                        I disagree.
                               (pause)
                        Did Sara tell you something
                        important? I mean, before she
                        stopped answering to your messages.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        She was pregnant.
                               (Ricardo looks
                                surprised at her)
                        Obviously she had a miscarriage.
   
                                   RICARDO
  
                             (emphatic)
 
                       We'll move between pro-life and
 
                       pro-choice activists.

                                                       CUT TO:
 
              EXT. TENNIS CLUB. DAY
 
              Tracy and Albert play tennis in an open grass court. The sun
              is scorching.
 
              Ricardo and Gabrielle sit down at a garden table.
 
              Albert hits the ball with style.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 

              EXT. TENNIS CLUB. DAY
 
              Tracy approaches the table while wiping her face with a
              towel. Albert sits down.
 
                                  ALBERT
                        Gabrielle! What a lovely surprise!
                               (to Ricardo)
                        You have chosen the best time to
                        visit us, Señor Saint-André.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Forgive me for being a nuisance.
                               (to Tracy)
                        I did not see you at your sister's
                        funeral, Tracy.
 
                                  TRACY
                        We came back to late from the Bahamas.
 
                       What a honey-moon. We’ll have in three
 
                       months.

                       RICARDO
              Can we talk?

                       TRACY
 
                       I'm available for you
                       at any time, Tico.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                            (cold)
                        We heard Sara was planning to
                        marry her fiancé--Hernán
                        Sousa.

                                  ALBERT
                               (correcting)
 
                       Oh! The American player?
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        North American, Central American,
                        South American... They are all
                        Americans after all.
 
                                  ALBERT
                        In this country we learn to
                        distinguish those
                        continents: America and South
                        America.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        Then you should change. This country
 
                       should think in terms
                        of progress--of political
                        correctness.
 
                                  ALBERT
                        To what purpose, Mademoiselle?
                        Tradition preserves the law.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        Let's not argue about law. I
 
                       hold a degree in American and
 
                      European History.
 
                                  ALBERT
                        Do you give lessons?
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        Once in a while.
 
                                  ALBERT
                        What about this coming Friday?
 
              Gabrielle and Ricardo interchange smiles.

                            GABRIELLE
                       (to Ricardo)
 
                       Do we have any plans for this Friday?

                       RICARDO
 
                       I will read Schopenhauer.

                            ALBERT
 
                       I’m sorry. Would you allow her, Sir?

                            RICARDO
 
                       I rely on my wife, Sir.
                            (to Tracy)
                        Do you think your family would
                        have been ashamed of Sara marrying
                        an outsider? A third-world country
                        foreigner?
 
                                  TRACY
                        Nonsense.
 
                                  RICARDO
                               (skeptical)
                        Nonsense?

                                  TRACY
                        I do not accept the idea she
                        committed suicide, either.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Do you suspect anyone?
 
                                  TRACY
                        I didn't say that.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        You implied it.
 
                                  TRACY
                               (almost sobbing)
                        I just cannot accept the fact
                        that she is dead. Poor Sara! Do
                        you understand?
 
                                  RICARDO
                        I do. Please, don't be upset.
 
                                  TRACY
                               (loud)
                        I'm not upset! Although we never
                        got along, we loved each other, in
                        our own way.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Of course.
 
                                  TRACY
                               (nervously laughing)
                        You know what happened with the
                        diamond. It was not my fault. I
                        didn't mean to blame her. We lost
                        it. You found it. We really thank
                        you--you proved Sara's innocence.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        To your family. Now it's time to
                        prove it to the world.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                               (conciliatory)
                        Did Sara tell you about her future
                        plans to travel to the United
                        States of America?
 
                                  TRACY
                               (surprised)
                        That's absurd!
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        She had been accepted by
                        Pennsylvania University to study
                        business administration.

                                  TRACY
                        That cannot be. That man,
                        Sousa, was her first priority.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        Perhaps Sara was not his.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              EXT. TENNIS CLUB PARKING LOT. DAY
 
              Ricardo and Gabrielle walk towards a parked taxi.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        Have we come to the same
                        conclusion?
 
                                  RICARDO
                        It is too soon to entertain a
                        theory. We should find out more
                        about Sara's relationship with
                        Mister Sousa.
 
              A Rolls Royce approaches--Sir Weyden is behind the wheel.
 
                                  RICARDO
                               (continuing; to
                                Weyden)
                        Sir Weyden! Your wife just told us
                        you had to postpone your honeymoon
                        for three months. Are you still
                        planning to go to the Bahamas?
 
                                  SIR WEYDEN
                        Are you checking up on me,
                        Mister?
 
                                  RICARDO
                        You are a fortunate man, Sir. Your
                        wife looks very cheerful--in spite
                        of all the gloomy events of the
                        past month.
 
                                  SIR WEYDEN
                        I see you have interrogated
                        her. I hope she will change Mister
                        Baltimore's mind about your
                        presence in Cheshire. He was
                        awfully disturbed by your talk
                        this morning.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Was he?
                               (checking the car)
                        We always meet you in a new car,
                        Sir. I sincerely hope you will cherish
                        your new wife for the rest of your
                        life.

                             SIR WEYDEN
                        I see you are very concern about
 
                       my wife.

                                                       CUT TO:
 
              INT. RACHEL'S OFFICE. DAY
 
              Rachel, seated at her desk, talks on  the phone. A man and a
              woman sit down in front of the desk: Ricardo and Gabrielle--
              Rachel does not acknowledge them until the end of her
              conversation.
 
                                  RACHEL
                        When did he leave the country...
                        Are you sure?... Well, Monsieur
                        Philippe must be a busy man...
                        Working day and night... If I were
                        you, I would forget about that
                        bloody frog...
 
              Rachel looks at Ricardo and Gabrielle.
 
                                  RACHEL
                               (continuing)
                        Now, excuse me, Mrs. Lawn... I
                        should attend to Mister and
                        Mrs. Saint-André...
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Oh, please, go on, don't worry
                        about us.
 
                                  RACHEL
                        I'll call you later.
 
              Rachel hangs up the phone.
 
                                  RACHEL
                               (continuing)
                        What a surprise. How may I help
                        you, Sir?
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        Have you been in Egypt?
 
                                  RACHEL
                               (defensive)
                        I'm afraid I won't be able to
                        answer to your questions.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        You are misinterpreting our
                        intentions, Mrs. Newton. We would
                        like to rent a house... Nearby.


                                  RACHEL
                        All our properties are about nine
                        hundred pounds per month.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        That sounds reasonable to us.
 
                                  RACHEL
                               (smiling, to Ricardo)
                        This is not the best way to gain
                        my trust, Sir.
 
              Ricardo and Gabrielle stand up.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        We apologize for the
                        inconvenience, . Good bye.
 
              They step away. Rachel follows them.
 
                                  RACHEL
                        Mister Saint-André...
 
              Ricardo turns around.
 
                                  RACHEL
                               (continuing)
                        How many rooms are you looking for?
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              EXT. SAINT-ANDRÉ'S APARTMENT. DAY
 
              Rachel, Ricardo, and Gabrielle stand on a terrace. The
              terrace overlooks a wide open garden.
 
                                  RACHEL
                        Two bathrooms and a full kitchen.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                               (to Rachel)
                        We'll sign the lease tomorrow
                        morning.
 
                                  RACHEL
                        When do you plan to move?
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        By the end of this week.
 
                                  RACHEL
                               (remorseful)
                        I owe you an apology for my
                        behavior this morning.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Never mind.

                                  GABRIELLE
                        We understand. I wonder whether
                        you are willing to answer to
 
                       our questions, Mrs. Newton.
 
                                  RACHEL
                        Well… Of course…
 
              Rachel looks up to a window, just above the terrace.
 
                                  RACHEL
                               (continuing)
                        Would you like to go for a walk?
                        There is a beautiful garden, not
                        far from here.
 
              Behind the window on the second floor, we see the silhouette
              of FRED, a 75-year-old bony man. He watches Ricardo,
              Gabrielle, and Rachel as they walk away.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              EXT. CHESHIRE'S GARDEN. DAY
 
              Gabrielle, Rachel, and Ricardo walk over to an immense garden.
 
                                  RACHEL
                               (smiling)
                        I got divorced when Mr. Baltimore
                        decided to send us to Egypt. That
                        was in 1978. I remember the exact
                        date. The  World Cup was taking
                        place in Argentina at the same
                        time.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        Did you tour the Nile River?
 
                                  RACHEL
                        With Tracy, Sara, and the former
                        Mrs. Baltimore. It was, on the
                        whole, a stupendous experience.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        Particularly for the children I
                        bet. Do you remember anything out
                        of the ordinary that happened at
                        that time?
 
                                  RACHEL
                        No... That was twenty-two years
                        ago.
 
              An airplane approaches, flying in the sky. Rachel waves her
              hand.

                                  RACHEL
                               (continuing)
                        That's Sir Weyden on his way back
                        home.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        From where?
 
                                  RACHEL
                        From... I don't know. There are
                        many landing strips in England.
                               (beat)
                        He was, and I think he still is,
                        a reserve pilot of your Majesty's
                        air force.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Not mine, please. How often
 
                       does he fly?
 
                                  RACHEL
                            (upset)
                        Two or three times per week.
 
              A mobile phone rings. Gabrielle takes it out of her jacket.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Very impressive.
 
                                  RACHEL
                        Nowadays almost everyone owns an
                        airplane, Sir.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        Hello?...
                               (smiling)
                        Albert?
 
              Gabrielle steps aside.
 
                                  RACHEL
                               (beat; whispering)
                        To be sincere, Sir Weyden had
                        predisposed me, somehow, against
                        you both.
 
              Ricardo raises his eyebrows.
 
                                  RACHEL
                               (continuing)
                        He called me this morning.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Why are you being so discrete?

                                  RACHEL
                               (suddenly blunt)
                        You both are detectives, Sir.
                        You deal with criminals. Now, if
                        you excuse me, the police
                        report was correct. Poor Sara
                        committed suicide. All your
                        inquiries, therefore, are not only
                        meaningless, but disturbing--even
                        offensive. We fear you will be a
                        cause of distress for the
                        Baltimore family, in particular
                        for Tracy.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Tracy? Oh, yes. We talked to her
                        yesterday morning.  I clearly see
                        you and Sir Weyden are mistaken
                        about our intentions, Mrs. Newton.
 
                                  RACHEL
                        You should get busy with a
                        more proper endeavour.
 
              Ricardo raises his eyebrows.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        How is Monsieur Philippe?
 
                                  RACHEL
                        Pardon me?
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Monsieur Philippe. You were saying
                        something about him when we step
                        into your office. 'Bloody frog'
                        was your expression.
 
                                  RACHEL
                        Yes... Well... He has disappeared--
                        it seems. That's what Mrs. Lawn
                        told me.

                            RICARDO
                     Oh, yes. You both are friends.

                    RACHEL
             I wouldn't say that. But in this
 country we maintain a courteous
 relationship with everyone,
 Sir—even with our enemies.
 
              Ricardo looks at Gabrielle, who is still talking on the phone.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Did you know Monsieur Philippe? I
                        mean, before he came to England.
 
                                  RACHEL
                        Not at all. He works for Mr.
                        Baltimore.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Yes, of course. Do you know who is his
                        direct superior?

                                  RACHEL
                        Mr. Perry, I believe.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Your ex-husband?
 
                                  RACHEL
                               (surprised)
                        My ex-husband.
                               (beat)
                        Have you talked to him?
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Not yet.
 
              He looks at the sky, which is filled with dark clouds.
 
                                  RICARDO
                               (continuing)
                        I think it's about time for us to
                        return to our hotel.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              INT. TAXI. NIGHT
 
              Ricardo and Gabrielle travel through the outskirts of
              Manchester.
 
              Ricardo opens an envelope.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        What do you think of Sir Weyden?
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        The more we dig into his past
                        the more despicable he appears.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        He flaunts his wealth. People may
                        resent of him.
 
              Pause, he takes a letter from the envelope and reads it.
 
                                  RICARDO
                               (continuing)
                        The Baltimores are inviting us to
                        dine with them tomorrow evening...
                        At nine.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        I'm afraid I won't be able to go.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Oh, Dear. Do you have a dentist's
                        appointment?
                    
                            GABRIELLE
                     He entertains funny ideas about us.

              Ricardo laughs.
 
                                  RICARDO
                               (continuing)
                        I hope he will enjoy your
                        company.
                               (pause)
                        Why did you ask Mrs. Newton about
                        Egypt?
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        Oh! To test her. Sara told
                        me once that something
                        extraordinary happened on that
                        trip.
                                  
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              EXT. NILE RIVER. DAY
 
              A ship sails over the Nile river. Monumental statues can be
              seen on the horizon.
 
              4-year-old Sara stands on the deck, looking at the
              landscape. 5-year-old Tracy grabs her hand.
 
              Close to them, healthy-face YOUNG PERRY talks to YOUNG DOCTOR
              KNOX.
 
                                  GABRIELLE (V.O.)
                        It happened close to the Karnak
                        Temple, on the Nile. Sara was with
                        her sister on the ship's deck,
                        surrounded by water and strangers.
 
              Perry looks around. He sees 30-year-old FORMER MRS. BALTIMORE
              and 43-year-old Rachel, who talk animatedly and smile,
              pointing out to the horizon.
 
                                  GABRIELLE (V.O.)
                               (continuing)
                        Mrs. Baltimore and Rachel forsook
                        the children for an instant--
                        surely enchanted by the beauty of
                        the landscape, and then, all of a
                        sudden, Sara fell into the water.
 
              A scream is heard. Perry looks at the children. He only sees
              Tracy, who, standing up on the deck, peeps out into the water.

              Former Mrs. Baltimore and Rachel continue talking. The
              remaining passengers are undisturbed.
 
              Perry runs forward.
 
                                  GABRIELLE (V.O.)
                               (continuing)
                        She screamed. She was engulfed by
                        the water.
 
              Perry sees Sara struggling in the Nile's waters. He jumps out
              of the boat. Young Doctor Knox screams and throws a buoy in
              the water.
 
                                  GABRIELLE (V.O.)
                               (continuing)
                        Mr. Perry rescued her.
                        Unfortunately the stem post of the
                        boat hit his head.
 
              Sara is lifted in a buoy. She pants. Over the waters Perry
              floats in a pool of blood. Young Doctor Knox jumps into
              the water.
 
                                  GABRIELLE (V.O.)
                               (continuing)
                        Doctor Knox rescued him.
 
                                  RICARDO (V.O.)
                        The serial killer?
 
              Young Doctor Knox rescues Perry.
 
                                  GABRIELLE (V.O.)
                        At that time he was one of former
                        Mrs. Baltimore's closest friends.
                        Mr. Perry's skull got infected.
                        One week later his doctors removed
                        half the skin of his face.
 
                                  RICARDO (V.O.)
                        That's something extraordinary,
                        indeed.
                               (pause, horrified)
                        Do you think...
 

                                  GABRIELLE (V.O.)
                        Mr. Perry became an outcast. He
                        lost his wife and developed a
                        bitter feeling against men and
                        women. He became one of the
                        founders of a conspicuous British
                        pro-choice society; «Eleutheria.»
 
              Tracy looks at the river. Former Mrs. Baltimore approaches.
              She looks at the water. She gazes at Tracy's empty face.

                                  GABRIELLE (V.O.)
                               (continuing)
                        On the other hand, the former Mrs.
                        Baltimore died suspecting that
                        Tracy pushed Sara into the water.
 
                                                       BACK TO SCENE:
 
              INT. TAXI. NIGHT
 
                                  RICARDO
                        We should keep an eye on her.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        I'm convinced, though, that Mrs.
                        Newton's reluctance to speak about
                        this incident is mainly due to her
                        nationalistic attitude. She ranks
                        any British citizen -right or
                        wrong-, above the rest of the
                        world.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              EXT. ALTRINCHAM'S STREET. DAY
 
              Ricardo walks along the street, checking house addresses. He
              stops in front of a small building. There is a golden plaque
              on the wall.
 
                                                       INSERT:
 
                                  GOLDEN PLATE
                        «Wagnall's Consultant Company»
 
                                                       BACK TO SCENE:
 
              Ricardo enters the house.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              INT. PERRY'S OFFICE. DAY
 
              Perry types a document on his computer. Ricardo enters. Perry
              looks up at him and continues typing.
 
                                  PERRY
                        Mister Saint-André. Please, take
                        a seat.
 
              Ricardo sits down. He looks around the office: it is crowded
              with portraits, statues, and photographs of cats. A white cat
              lies on the floor. Ricardo looks at a bookshelf nearby.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Do you like dogs?

                                  PERRY
                               (laughing)
                        I find them a little bit dumb. I
                        pity cats, in spite of their self-
                        sufficiency. They are my family,
                        as you can see.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        How so?
 
              Ricardo notices a shelf stocked with copies of the same book:
              «New Arabian Nights,» by Robert Louis Stevenson.
 
                                  PERRY
                        Human beings are cruel, Mister.
                        When I was thirty-three my wife
                        left me. From that moment on I
                        started taking in strays.
 
              He raises the white cat to his desk. The cat purrs. Ricardo
              thumbs the book.
 
                                  PERRY
                               (continuing)
                        I'm glad to be the savior of
                        twenty-one creatures. Once I
                        became the manager of this
                        company, I was allowed to bring
                        Jigs to work.
                               (tender, to the cat)
                        You, little one!
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Who allowed it?
 
                                  PERRY
                        Excuse me?
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Who allowed you to bring Jigs to
                        your office?
 
              Ricardo finds in the book a cut of a newspaper sheet. On it
              there is a photograph of a young girl. The title: «Teenager
              drowns her baby in a bathtub.» Ricardo shelves the book back.
 

                                  PERRY
                        Oh! The board of directors. Mr.
                        Baltimore, the president, to be
                        specific. He is a noble man.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Of course. A noble man.

                                  PERRY
                        I've known his family for many
                        years. I work sometimes as their
                        accountant and financial
                        consultant.
                               (beat)
                        Poor Sara! What a tragedy she has
                        caused to her family.
 
              He hands a picture to Ricardo.
 
                                                       INSERT:
 
              A picture of the Baltimore Family: Rachel and Perry holding
              hands, former Mrs. Baltimore, Mr. Baltimore, 4-year-old Sara
              and 5-year-old Tracy.
 
                                  RICARDO (V.O.)
                        You have a good collection of
                        Robert Louis Stevenson's books.
 
                                  PERRY (V.O.)
                        From my childhood... yes.
 
                                                       BACK TO SCENE:
 
                                  RICARDO
                        I really like «The Suicide Club»,
                        one of his best short stories.
                        Have you read it?
 
              Perry looks stern at him. Ricardo returns the book to its
              shelf.
 

                                  PERRY
                        I prefer «Treasure Island.»
 
                                  RICARDO
                        A well-known tale. Do you remember
                        Doctor Knox?
 
                                  PERRY
                               (smiling)
                        Knox? My best friend and my worst
                        enemy.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        How so?
 
                                  PERRY
                               (with uncanny good
                                humor)
                        He saved my life once--in a river.
                        But then he seduced my wife.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Do you hate Rachel?

                                  PERRY
                        Rachel? Not at all. Knox left her
                        three months later.
                                     (smiling)
                        My only hate is for Doctor Knox.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        I see you enjoy his fall. Do you
 
                       really think he's guilty?
 
                                  PERRY
                        Of course he is. Knox was a
                        seducer. He used to date his
                        youngest students.
                               (laugh)
                        And also the richest. He had though he
                        could play the saint and the
                        villain all his life.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        What do you know about Monsieur
                        Philippe?
 
                                  PERRY
                        Oh! He's back in France, I
                        believe. A very efficient man. I
                        asked him to continue working with
                        us, at least until December. But
                        he just disappeared.
                               (pause. Ricardo's
                                sigh is void)
                        Is he the subject of your
                        investigation, Sir?
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Do you have his contact number in
                        France?
 
              Perry searches among the documents on his desk.
 
                                  PERRY
                        No, I'm afraid. He was alone. I
                        received a resignation letter from
                        him, though. It should be over
                        here.
 
              Perry reads the letter.
 
                                  PERRY
                               (continuing; reading)
                        «I was offered a new post in a
 
                       hospital. I'll contact you later
                        to instruct you about my last
                        payment. Best wishes, Philippe».
 
              Ricardo takes another letter from Perry's desk.
 
                                  PERRY
                               (continuing)
                        Oh, that's something else.

                                  RICARDO
                        It is signed by Mrs. Lawn.
 
                                  PERRY
                        A most charming lady.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Would you be so kind as to make a
                        copy of this document for me?
 
                                  PERRY
                               (hesitating)
                        Sure. Why not?
 
              As Perry photocopies it, Ricardo looks at the cat.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Do you know, Sir, what did
                        Julius Caesar say about men who
                        love cats?
 
                                  PERRY
                        You tell us.
 
              Perry hands the photocopy to Ricardo.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        He said that such tender
                        affections should be granted to
                        children rather than to animals.
 
              Perry blushes.
                                  
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              EXT. MANCHESTER STREET. DAY
 
              Gabrielle walks down the street. She stops in front of a
              store and reads a newspaper: «Baltimores Petrol Co. signs
              drilling agreement with the Bolivian government.» Beneath the
              headline is a picture of Mr. Baltimore shaking hands with a
              Bolivian POLITICIAN.
 
                                  TRACY (O.S.)
                        My father has secured his fortune
                        for another 50 years.
 
              Gabrielle turns around and meets Tracy, still dressed in
              mourning.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        Tracy! What a coincidence!

                                  TRACY
                        I need to speak to you.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              INT. MANCHESTER'S PUB. DAY
 
              In an empty pub, Tracy and Gabrielle drink orange juice.
              Tracy wears a necklace. A huge diamond hangs from it.
 
                                  TRACY
                        You have reason to suspect me. I
                        was, after all, the person who
                        stole my mother's diamond.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        That was a family quarrel.
 
                                  TRACY
                        My sister was unfairly blamed. You
                        may think I hated her. But you are
                        wrong. I loved her. Have you asked
                        yourself why I did it?
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        It's not important.
 
                                  TRACY
                        It is! I buried it, to avenge my
                        mother. My stepmother didn't
                        deserve to wear her jewelry.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        Petra?
 
                                  TRACY
                        That scandalmonger, hideous,
                        treacherous woman!
 
              Tracy sobs. Gabrielle offer her a tissue.
 
                                  TRACY
                               (continuing)
                        Thank you... When my mother died,
                        Sara was with you in Oporto.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              INT. HOSPITAL ROOM. NIGHT
 
              Seated next to a hospital bed, Tracy cries over the dead body
              of former Mrs. Baltimore. A NURSE and a DOCTOR look at her.
              Their faces are blank.

                                  TRACY (V.O.)
                        I had to take care of my mother
                        during her final days. Alone. My
                        father, instead of being with us,
                        was in Florida, frolicking with
                        that bitch. I called him everyday.
                        «Nevermind! The Doctors will take
                        care of your Mother!»--that was his
                        reply.
 
              Tracy, tears in her eyes, dials a number in the phone.
 
                                  TRACY
                        Dad?... Mom passed away...
                               (she sobs)
                        Aren't you coming, Dad?... Dad!
 
              She drops the phone and falls sobbing on the ground.
 
                                                       BACK TO SCENE:
 
              INT. MANCHESTER'S PUB. DAY
 
                                  TRACY
                        I know Sara never told you. She
                        felt guilty too, somehow.
 
              Gabrielle looks at the diamond.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        I see you got the diamond, after
                        all.
 
                                  TRACY
                        Oh! My husband's wedding gift...
 
              Tracy hands several documents to Gabrielle.
 
                                  TRACY
                               (continuing)
                        In these documents you will find
                        proof of our innocence.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        Your alibi?
 
                                  TRACY
                        Max and I spent the entire night
                        in a hotel in Wales. You can check
                        the phone number and the address.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        Do you suspect your sister was
                        murdered, Tracy?... Or, should I
                        say, Lady Weyden?

                                  TRACY
                        Yes, but...
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        Yes?
 
                                  TRACY
                        I hope you will understand, we
                        must not see each other again.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        Why not?
 
                                  TRACY
                        My husband. He is extremely upset
                        by your investigation.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        I don't understand, then, why do
                        you risk upsetting him even more.
                        You were expecting me...
 
                                  TRACY
 
                       I’m trying to help you.                       
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        By denouncing your stepmother?
 
                                  TRACY
                        How dare you? You are not polite
                        at all. You share my sister's
                        indisposition against me.
 
              Tracy stands up and gets ready to leave.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        Sara almost died twenty-two years
 
                       ago, in the Nilo River, didn't she?
 
              Tracy looks at Gabrielle visibly shocked. Gabrielle smiles
              with irony.

                            
       TRACY
                      I should have talked to Tico. But I
 
                     Didn’t want to upset you.

                                   GABRIELLE
 
                       I’m aware of everything that
 
                       happened between you and Tico, Tracy.

                                   TRACY
                         Does he still have a scarf on his leg?

                           GABRIELLE
                               (continuing)
                        You have a wicked tongue,
                        Lady Weyden.
 
              Tracy turns around with fear.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              EXT. BOWDON STREET. DAY
 
              Ricardo walks on the street. He holds a tourist brochure in
              his hand.

              He checks the names of the houses, until he finds a house
              called «Fox Lawn».
 
              He looks at the brochure.
 
                                                       INSERT:
 
              A photograph of Fox Lawn printed on a page of the magazine.
 
                                  RICARDO (O.S.)
                               (reading)
                        «Fox Lawn specializes in hosting
                        foreign visitors»
 
                                                       BACK TO SCENE:
 
              Ricardo walks towards the house.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 


              EXT. FRONT DOOR OF MRS. LAWN'S GUEST HOUSE. DAY
 
              Ricardo knocks on the door. Mrs. Lawn opens the door.
 
                                  MRS. LAWN
                               (flattering)
                        Hello! I was waiting for you,
                        Monsieur.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              INT. MRS. LAWN'S GUEST HOUSE--DINING ROOM. DAY
 
              Ricardo and Mrs. Lawn drink tea and eat cookies.
 
                                  MRS. LAWN
                        Unfortunately, Monsieur Philippe
                        left this house without notice. At
                        this point he should be back in
                        Paris, enjoying the splendid
                        weather of the continent.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        How long did he live with you?
 
                                  MRS. LAWN
                        One year.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Do you know his new address?
 
                                  MRS. LAWN
                        I’m not his mother. If for any
                        reason you run into him, Monsieur,
                        please remind him to contact me.
                        He forgot to pay his last phone
                        bill.

                                  RICARDO
                        What was he doing in the United
                        Kingdom?
 
                                  MRS. LAWN
                        Business. He worked for a hideous
                        consulting company in Altrincham:
                        Wagnall's.
 
                                  RICARDO
                               (playing the fool)
                        Worked? Doesn't he work anymore?
 
                                  MRS. LAWN
                               (smiling, impatient)
                        Perhaps they can help you better,
                        Monsieur. I will write down their
                        address for you.
 
              Mrs. Lawn stands up and approaches a table.
 
              WHITNEY, a 45-year-old woman enters the room. She holds a
              white envelope in her hand.
 
                                  WHITNEY
                        Oh! I wasn't aware you were with
                        someone else.
 
              She steps back. Mrs. Lawn's voice stops her.
 
                                  MRS. LAWN
                        That's fine. Inspector Ricardo,
                        Mrs. Whitney Rush, my dearest
                        tenant.
 
              Ricardo and Whitney exchange smiles. Whitney hands over her
              envelope to Mrs. Lawn.
 
              Ricardo looks suspiciously at the envelope.
 
                                  WHITNEY
                        I should go.
 
              She leaves. Mrs. Lawn writes an address on a piece of paper.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Your house is beautiful, Mrs. Lawn,
 
                       and well-preserved.
 
                                  MRS. LAWN
                        Thank you. The mortgage rate has
                        increased outrageously during the
                        last two years. We try to do our
                        best.

                                  RICARDO
                        We? I thought you live alone,
                        Madame.
 
                                  MRS. LAWN
                        I’m soul and body, Monsieur.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Of course… I have here a note you
                        wrote to Wagnall's consultant
                        company, three weeks ago.
 
              Mrs. Lawn stops writing. She looks upset at Ricardo.
 
                                  MRS. LAWN
                        You have already been to
                        Wagnall's. You don't need their
                        address then.
 
                                  RICARDO
                               (playing the fool)
                        Did you say Wagnall's? Excuse me.
                        My mind gets very confused.
                        Anyway, on this note, you
                        acknowledge that Fox Lawn has
                        never been, and will never be, a
                        BUSINESS hotel, but a family house.
 
                                  MRS. LAWN
                               (upset)
                        That was just an expression. But
                        congratulations. You have caught
                        me in my mistake. How else can I
                        help you, Monsieur?
 
                                  RICARDO
                        I understand you are a pro-life
                        activist, Mrs. Lawn.
 
                                  MRS. LAWN
                        And I will continue to, till I
                        die.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Were you aware that Sara Baltimore
                        and her stepmother were pro-choice
                        activists?
 
                                  MRS. LAWN
                        Pro-murder, Monsieur, pro-murder.
                        What are you trying to prove? Do
                        you suspect I poisoned her and
                        hang her carcass from a tree? Do
                        you deem me capable of killing
                        someone? My main interest are the living.

              Ricardo stands up.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Of course! Nobody murders for the
                        interests of death. Thanks for the
                        cookies.
 
                                  MRS. LAWN
                        I baked them myself.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        They were excellent.

                                   MRS. LAWN
                       I could have poisoned you.
                              
                                   RICARDO
                        I always take my own precautions. Now,
 
                       excuse me, I must go to the
                        hospital.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              EXT. NORTH WALES HOTEL. DAY
 
              A taxi arrives in front of the hotel. Gabrielle gets out of
              the car and walks toward the hotel. She stops and looks
              up.
 
              On the top of a hill, she sees a bungalow.
 

                                                       CUT TO:
 
              INT. NORTH WALES HOTEL RECEPTION. DAY
 
              Gabrielle approaches the RECEPTIONIST.
 
                                  RECEPTIONIST
                        Good afternoon. How may I help you?
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        I talked to you on the phone this
                        morning, I believe.
 
                                  RECEPTIONIST
                        Mrs. Saint-André?
 
              Gabrielle smiles.
 
                                  RECEPTIONIST
                               (continuing)
                        Let's see.
 
              She reads a document.
 
                                  RECEPTIONIST
                               (continuing; smiling)
                        I will show you Sir and Lady
                        Weyden's wedding room. Follow me,
                        please.
 
                                                       CUT TO:

              EXT. NORTH WALES HOTEL BUNGALOW. DAY
 
              The receptionist drives a golf car. Gabrielle, seated besides
              her, observes the open grass field surrounding them. Far away
              she sees some bushes and trees.
 
              They approach the bungalow, on the edge of the field.
 
                                  RECEPTIONIST
                        I saw them at the reception about
 
                       eight pm. A member of
                        our staff brought them up here.
 
              The car stops. Gabrielle gets out.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        An open, quiet space, with no
                        neighbors around. It may well be
                        a golf course.
 
                                  RECEPTIONIST
                        It used to be.
 
              She goes to the terrace of the bungalow, from where she can
              see the hotel reception area.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        Would it be possible for them to
                        leave the hotel without you
                        noticing it?
 
                                  RECEPTIONIST
                        Impossible. We monitor all our
 
                       Entrances with video cameras.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              INT. HOSPITAL ROOM. NIGHT
 
              Hernán lies in bed. His head is bandaged.
 
              Ricardo enters, guided by Inspector Zayed. They meet the
              Nurse.
 
                                  NURSE
                        Only a few minutes, inspector.
 
              The Nurse leaves and closes the door. Ricardo looks at
              Hernán: his blood-shot eyes stare back at him.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Do you like children?
 
                                  HERNAN
                        No, I don't. Why are you asking?

                                  RICARDO
                        I have reasons to believe Sara
                        wanted to have a child.
 
                                  RICARDO
                               (continuing)
                        She wanted many things I couldn't
                        give her.
 
              Hernán sobs.
 
                                  RICARDO
                               (continuing)
                        We are glad to know you will be
                        well by the end of this week, just
                        in time to get ready for the
                        National Championship.
 
                                  HERNAN
                        I should have died, instead.
 
              Ricardo looks at Zayed.
 
                                  ZAYED
                               (to Hernán)
                        What do you remember?
 
                                  HERNAN
                        I asked Sara not to join the
                        wedding party. It was not
                        comfortable for me at all. Mr. and
                        Mrs. Baltimore dislike me.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        We haven't been able to understand
                        how Sara died. You were with her,
                        weren't you?
 
                                  HERNAN
                        We went to a pub. We had an
                        argument about our future plans.
                        Harvard University offered her a
                        scholarship...
 
              EXT. ROAD IN FRONT OF SIR WEYDEN'S HOUSE. NIGHT
 
              A Mercedes parks in front of the house. Hernán, visibly
              upset, gets out of the car and opens Sara's door.
 
              Sara gets out.
 
                                  HERNAN
                        We still can settle our differences. Why
                        don't we go to my apartment?

                                  SARA
                        I promised my father and Petra not
                        to leave them alone tonight.
 
                                  HERNAN
                        Fine.
 
              Sara walks towards the house. She disappears into the
              shadows. Hernán gets into the car. He starts and drives away.
 
                                  HERNAN (O.S.)
                        We loved each other. But she
                        longed for independence.
 
                                                       BACK TO SCENE:
 
              INT. HOSPITAL ROOM. NIGHT
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Why didn't you support her?
                        Harvard is a prestigious
                        university.
 
                                  HERNAN
                        I couldn't have lived alone.
 
              Pause. Hernán sobs.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        At what time did you drop Sara off
                        at home?
 
                                  HERNAN
                               (in control)
                        At about eight-forty.
 
                                  ZAYED
                        And you crashed into the wall
                        about ten to nine.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              INT. HERNAN'S CAR. NIGHT
 
              Hernán drives swiftly on the road.
 
                                  HERNAN (O.S.)
                        I drank a beer on my way back
                        home; then I thought once more,
                        well, we must sort out our
                        differences. So, I returned to Sir
                        Weyden's house...
 
                                                       CUT TO:

              EXT. SIR WEYDEN'S HOUSE. NIGHT
 
              Hernán drives his car impetuously up to the house. He slows
              down in front of the main door.
 
                                  HERNAN (O.S.)
                        I wasn't sure whether the party
                        was still going on or not. I saw
                        the Baltimores arguing inside of
                        the house.
 
              He looks at the window. He sees Petra slapping Mr. Baltimore
              in the face.
 
                                  HERNAN (O.S.)
                               (continuing)
                        I was anxious.
 
              Hernán turns on the lights inside the car. He picks up a box
              of cigarettes.
 
                                                       INSERT:
 
              Hernán's foot rests between the brake and the accelerator.
 
                                                       BACK TO SCENE:
 
                                  HERNAN (O.S.)
                        Then I saw her...
 
              Hernán looks left. He sees Sara, hanging from the
              tree, grasping her hands around her neck, kicking in the air.
 
              Hernán screams.
 
              Hernán's foot steps on the accelerator. The car crashes into
              the wall.
 
                                  HERNAN (O.S.)
                               (continuing)
                        I wanted to step on the brake. But
                        I couldn't. I couldn't!
 
                                                       BACK TO SCENE:
 
              INT. HOSPITAL ROOM. NIGHT
 
                                  ZAYED
                               (to Ricardo)
                        That explains everything.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Are you sure she was grabbing her
                        neck? With both hands?
 
                                  HERNAN
                        I will never forget it! I never...

              Hernán breathes with difficulty. Ricardo opens the door. The
              Nurse enters.
 
                                  NURSE
                               (to Zayed)
                        I will take good care of him.
 
                       The entire city needs him.

                                   RICARDO
                        Specially Mr. Baltimore.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              EXT. MANCHESTER CAFE. DAY
 
              Ricardo and Zayed drink a cup of coffee. Pedestrians come and
              go.
 

                                  ZAYED
                        The forensic report has ruled out
                        murder.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Except by the note.
 
                                  ZAYED
                               (sarcastic)
                        The note? She wrote it—I told you
                     already.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        How could she die with a note in
                        her hand? Hernán told us she was
                        struggling to survive--her hands
                        on her neck.
 

                                  ZAYED
                        Come on, Ricardo. I'm capable to
                        grab several items in my hands at
                        the same time.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Even when you are dying?
 
                                  ZAYED
                        Of course. Think of a soldier--he
                        dies clutching his weapon.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        I wouldn't compare  a nervous
                        woman with a soldier, Zayed. The
                        note could have been written days
                        before as well, and for another
                        purpose.

                                  ZAYED
                        You have an uncanny imagination,
                        Ricardo. To what purpose, may I
                        ask you?
 
                                  RICARDO
                        To excuse someone else. A
                        recommendation letter, for
                        instance.
 
              Zayed gasps. He looks at Gabrielle, who approaches.

RICARDO
                        I wonder whether Eleutheria has
 been involved in any scandal
 in the last two years.
 
ZAYED
 The pro-choice society? No
 that I know. They seem quite
 harmless.

RICARDO
 They own several buildings,
 amongst them a 53-bedroom mansion
 in Hale. The perfect scenario
 for a hospital.
 
ZAYED
 An abortion clinic?
                                 
               Gabrielle kisses Ricardo and Zayed and sits down. A WAITRESS approaches.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        How was your day, mon chéri?
                                (to the waitress)
                        A cup of tea, please.
                          
                    RICARDO
 Unproductive. Though I have
                        persuaded Inspector Zayed to help
                        us to continue in this
                        investigation.

               Zayed lays a folder on the table.
                              
ZAYED
                        These are the copies of Sara's
         bank records.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              INT. MANCHESTER RESTAURANT. NIGHT
 
              A candle-lit restaurant. Albert and Gabrielle are attended
              by a WAITER.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                               (holding the menu)
                        Canapés aux écrevisses and Harengs
                        grillés à la diable.
 
                                  WAITER
                        Sir?
 
                                  ALBERT
                        Consommé à la florentine, and
                        carré de mouton à la boulangère.
                        And, please a bottle of red wine.
                        Jura 1994.
 
                                  WAITER
                        Thank you, Sir. Madame.
 
              The waiter leaves.

                                  GABRIELLE
                               (thoughtful)
                        Jura, 1994...
 
                                  ALBERT
                        Is it OK with you?
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        What a coincidence! That was
                        Sara's favorite wine. Of course.
 
                                  ALBERT
                               (vibrant)
                        Was it? Oh, yes. You see... I
                        brought her to this restaurant
                        once. She must have influenced my
                        taste. Do you really believe she
                        was murdered?
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        My husband suspects it. I trust
                        his judgment.
 
                                  ALBERT
                        Trust, then, is a bastard of
                        suspicion.
 
              Gabrielle smiles dryly. Albert looks deeply at her.
 
                                  ALBERT
                               (continuing)
                        Are you thinking of settling down
                        in England?
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        I wouldn't like to return
                        to France.
 
                                  ALBERT
                        Are you working on any other cases?
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        Only this one.
 
                                  ALBERT
                        How do you make a living, then?
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        Ricardo is a professional
                        translator.
 
                                  ALBERT
                        I don't understand how he can
                        allow his wife to go out with a
                        stranger.

                                  GABRIELLE
                        Stranger? You?
 
                                  ALBERT
                        Huh... I'm not «any stranger», you
                        are right.
                               (beat)
                        Do you really love him?
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        What do you mean?
 
                                  ALBERT
                        I mean, what's the deal between
                        you both?
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        You are asking too many personal
                        questions, Monsieur.
 
                                  ALBERT
                               (blush)
                        I'm terribly sorry. I'm a fool!
                        You just want to know...
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        About Sara...
 
                                  ALBERT
                               (dazzled)
                        Yes... Of course...
                               (beat)
                        You may wonder why I wasn't at the
                        main hall at the moment of her
                        death.
 
              Gabrielle looks at him.
 
                                  ALBERT
                               (continuing;
                                confident)
                        I was in the reception hall, with
                        Rachel.
                               (beat)
                        I know you loved Sara.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        And... did you?
 
              Albert looks at her. He shrinks in his seat. The waiter
              arrives. He serves the appetizers.
 
                                  ALBERT
                        That's why you accepted my
                        invitation.
                               (pause)
                        Sara and I were only friends.
                        Tracy introduced me to her. We
                        were classmates.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                               (smiling)
                        Sisters didn't get along with
                        each other often.
 
                                  ALBERT
                        I got along with them both.
                               (he looks around;
                                melancholic)
                        Yes. I invited Sara to this place.
                        Six months ago.
 
              The waiter looks fixedly at Albert. Gabrielle looks at the
              waiter.
 
                                  ALBERT
                               (continuing)
                        I tried to persuade Sara to make
                        peace with the world. But it was
                        hopeless.
 
              The waiter opens the bottle of wine.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        What arguments did you use?
 
              The waiter pour the wine into Albert's glass.
 
                                  ALBERT
                        Family life, tradition, to visit
                        her parents, once in a while...
                        We must become conservative in order to
                        survive. I was glad when she got
                        engaged to Hernán Sousa...
 
              The waiter pushes the glass. The wine spills onto Albert's
              suit.
 
                                  ALBERT
                               (continuing)
                        Damn!
 
                                  WAITER
                        I'm awfully sorry, Sir.
 
                                  ALBERT
                     Shut up!
                               (to Gabrielle)
                        Excuse me.
 
              Albert leaves.

                                  WAITER
                        I apologize, Madame. This has
                        never happened to me--not in the
                        last ten years. Please, don't tell
                        Sir Weyden about this incident.
 
              Gabrielle looks suspiciously at him.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        Sir Weyden?
 
              The waiter looks around.
 
                                  WAITER
                        Mr. Urwin is a close friend of Sir
                        Weyden... How silly. I am
                        agitated. Please...
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                               (calm)
                        We haven't talked to each other,
                        Sir.
 
                                  WAITER
                        Thank you.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                               (beat)
                        Is it true what Mr. Urwin said?
                        Did he dine with Miss Sara
                        Baltimore, here, several months
                        ago?
 
                                  WAITER
                        Most certainly.
                               (he points to another
                                table, where a
                                couple eats)
                        They shared that table. It is a
                        pity she refused to marry him. Mr.
                        Urwin could have made Sara
                        Baltimore a happy woman.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        Of course…
 
              She looks at Albert, who returns smiling. She smiles back at
              him.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              INT. MR. BALTIMORE'S HOUSE. NIGHT
 
              Ricardo drinks a glass of wine. He shares a table with Petra
              and Mr. Baltimore.
 
              Whitney serves the dessert.

                                  PETRA
                        Seventy-five patients murdered in
                        the past twenty-five years. By one
                        of our dentists! His name was Doctor
                        Knox. Our community is devastated.
 
              Ricardo looks at Whitney. She looks at him. Ricardo smiles.
              She avoids him.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Does he claim to be innocent?
 
                                  PETRA
                        He does. Most wretched!
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Why are you so sure he murdered
                        his patients?
 
                                  PETRA
                        A syringe filled with poison was
                        found in his pocket, just minutes
                        after his last victim died.
 
                                  RICARDO
                               (to Mr. Baltimore)
                        Did you know him?
 
                                  MR. BALTIMORE
                        Oh, yes. I was even one of his
                        patients.

              Mr. Baltimore stands up.
 
                                  MR. BALTIMORE
                               (continuing)
                        I want to thank you, Mister
                        Saint-André, for your concern
                        about Sara's death. My secretary have
                        made a transfer for twenty thousand
                        pounds into your personal account.
                        Now, excuse us.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        I appreciate your generosity, Mr.
                        Baltimore.
 
                                  MR. BALTIMORE
                        You should.
 
              Mr. Baltimore walks away.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Nonetheless, I cannot abort my
                        investigation at this moment.

              Mr. Baltimore stops, turns around and looks defiant at
              Ricardo.
 
                                  MR. BALTIMORE
                        Are you still a practicing
                        Catholic?
 
                                  RICARDO
                        I try to be.
 
                                  MR. BALTIMORE
                        I distrust of fellows who
                        attribute any triumph or success
                        to the will of God.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Chief inspector Mr. Zayed, has
                        gathered enough evidence to prove
                        that your daughter was murdered.
 
                                  PETRA
                        No!
 
              Whitney drops an empty wineglass on the floor. It breaks.
              Ricardo looks at her. She trembles.
 
                                  MR. BALTIMORE
                        Would you leave us alone, Mrs.
                        Rush?
 
                                  WHITNEY
                        But... You may get hurt.
 
                                  MR. BALTIMORE
                        You can pick it up tomorrow
                        morning.
 
                                  WHITNEY
                        Yes, Sir.
 
              Whitney leaves. Petra sobs.
 
                                  MR. BALTIMORE
                        Who murdered Sara?
 
                                  RICARDO
                        I don't know... yet.
 
                                  MR. BALTIMORE
                        Do you suspect anyone?
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Everyone, Sir.
 
                                  MR. BALTIMORE
                        Even us?

              Ricardo looks at him, his expression unchanged.
 
                                  MR. BALTIMORE
                               (continuing)
                        What a pity. You will get fifty
                        thousand pounds once you finish
                        with this affair, Inspector. Now,
                        again, excuse me.
 
              He exits.
 
                                  PETRA
                               (looking at Mr.
                                Baltimore)
                        I'm most willing to help you solve
                        this mystery, Ricardo.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Thank you, Mrs. Baltimore.
 
              Ricardo takes out a small notebook from his jacket.
 
                                  PETRA
                        I never got along with Sara. Did
                        you know I taught her to play the
                        violin?
 
                                  RICARDO
                               (indifferent)
                        Have you ever heard of Eleutheria?
 
              Petra blushes. Ricardo stands up and peruses the hall.
 
                                  PETRA
                        Eleutheria? A Greek word for liberty…
 
                                  RICARDO
                        According to my
                        inquiry, you have been an active
                        member of this group since 1986.
 
                                  PETRA
                        Yes. I have.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        As Sara was, and as Tracy is.
 
                                  PETRA
                        We are about one hundred fifty
 women and men, Herr Saint-André.
 
              He finds a series of DVDs on the top of the TV.

                                  RICARDO
                        May I know the purpose of
                        Eleutheria?
 
                                  PETRA
                        It is a private society, Sir.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        I understand. Are you a pro-choice
                     activist, Mrs. Baltimore?
 
                                  PETRA
                               (reacting)
                        What an offensive question. Of
                        course, I am. I'm one of the main
                        advocates for women's rights in
                        this country.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Do you like «Alien Creatures»?
 
                                  PETRA
                        Excuse me?
 
              Ricardo shows her the cover box of the DVD ALIEN CREATURES.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        The film.
 
                                  PETRA
                        Well... Many young people like it.
                        Yes.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Weren't you afraid to see how this
                        ugly creature gives birth to so
                        many monsters in such a short
                        period of time? Or worse, watching
                        how its offspring are born at the
                        cost of our lives.
 
              Ricardo notices a book over the TV: an old edition of Robert
              Louis Stevenson's book: «New Arabian Nights.»
 
                                  PETRA (O.S.)
                        I understand your point, Herr Saint-André.
                        As a man I don't think you are
                        capable of judging the
                        disadvantages of bringing children
                        to this world.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        I don't know any other world,
                        Mrs. Baltimore. But, please,
 «don't blame anyone.»
 
              Petra puffs surprised.

                                  PETRA
                        Will that be all, Inspector?
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Thanks for the dinner. The dessert
                        was excellent. Good night.
 
              Ricardo walks away.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              EXT. IN FRONT OF MR. BALTIMORE'S HOUSE. NIGHT
 
              Ricardo gets into a taxi. He looks up at the house. Mr.
              Baltimore is watching him from a dark balcony. Petra, crying,
              approaches Mr. Baltimore.
 
              Ricardo looks at them. The taxi leaves the property.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              EXT. PICADILLY HOTEL. DAY
 
              Albert and Gabrielle get out of a new Ferrari and walk towards
              the reception area.
 
                                  ALBERT
                        I can help you with your move
                        tomorrow morning.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        That's very kind of you. But it
                        won't be necessary. We have very
                        little luggage.
 
                                  ALBERT
                        Still, your husband...
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        Yes?
 
                                  ALBERT
                        Well, he is a mongrel.
 
              Gabrielle stops.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        You would be surprised.
 
                                  ALBERT
                        I'm sorry... I didn't mean...
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        I know you want to impress me.
 
              Albert grasps Gabrielle with violence and kisses her. He
              looks panting at her face

                                  GABRIELLE
                               (continuing;
                                angry)
                        Are you done?
 
                                  ALBERT
                        I have liked you since the moment
                        I first saw you.
 
              He leans forward to kiss her again. Gabrielle hits him and
              brings him down to the floor. She manages to put her right
              foot over his neck.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        Did you say those words to Sara
                        too?
 
              Albert looks stunned at Gabrielle.
 
                                  ALBERT
                        You are mistaken, Mademoiselle.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        Madame. Get up.
 
              Albert stands up.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                               (continuing)
                        Now, would you be so kind, as to
                        tell me what did happen with Sara?
 
                                  ALBERT
                        God!
 
              He cries.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        What did you do to her?
 
              Inspector Zayed and two policemen come out of the hotel.
 
              Albert opens his mouth. He is interrupted by Zayed.
 
                                  ZAYED
                               (apprehensive)
                        Gabrielle, where is Ricardo? He is
                        not in the hotel.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        He should arrive at any moment. Is
                        there something wrong?
 
                                  ZAYED
                        We found Monsieur Philippe.

                                  ALBERT
                               (surprised)
                        Mrs. Lawn's guest?
                                   
              Ricardo comes from the hotel. He carries a paper in his hands.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Inspector!
 
                                  ZAYED
                        Ricardo! You and
                        Gabrielle must come with me at
                        once.
 
              Ricardo opens his mouth to speak.
 
                                  ZAYED
                               (continuing; stern)
                        Immediately.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              INT. CHEAP HOTEL BEDROOM IN SALFORD. DAY
 
              In the middle of a messy room, Mr. Philippe's body hangs from
              the ceiling. POLICEMAN 1 takes photos of the corpse.
              POLICEMAN 2 looks for evidence.
 
              Gabrielle, Ricardo, and Zayed enter into the room.
 
              Ricardo peruses the body. His eyes rest on Philippe's hand.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Did you find a note?
 
                                  ZAYED
                        Yes. I handed it over to the
                        graphologist.

                                  RICARDO
                        I'm sure he will recognize
                        Monsieur Philippe's handwriting.

                                  GABRIELLE
                        Did he write: «Don't blame anyone»?

                                  ZAYED
                               (surprised)
                        Yes.. That's exactly what I read.
                                  
              The corpse of Monsieur Philippe is lowered down. Gabrielle
              gazes at the rope.
 
                                  ZAYED
                               (grave)
                        This crime was committed by the
                        same person who murdered Sara!
 
                                  RICARDO
                               (thoughtful)
                        Perhaps.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        I doubt it. Look at his neck.
 
              Zayed and Ricardo bend down. There are several marks over the
              skin of the corpse's neck.
 
                                  ZAYED
                        He was strangled!
 
                                  RICARDO
                        And then hanged.

                             GABRIELLE
                               (thoughtful)
                        There is an irrational element in
                        this crime...

                                  ZAYED
                           (ironic)
                        Irrational?
                     (to Ricardo)
              Do you still want to visit Mrs.
                        Lawn?

                                  
              POLICEMAN 3 breaks a brief silence. He hands a document to
              Zayed.
 
                                  POLICEMAN 3
                        Here is the report, Sir.
 
              Ricardo notices the police carries a plastic bag with a
              playing card inside.
 
                                  ZAYED
                        Thank you, Mr. Bass.
 
              Zayed reads.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Can I see that card? Where did you
                        find it?
 
                                  POLICEMAN 3
                        Sure!
 
              Ricardo takes and looks at the plastic bag.
 
                                  POLICEMAN 3 (V.O.)
                        We found it on the floor, under
                        the corpse. We haven't been able
                        to find other cards of the deck.
 
              The plastic bag contains an ace-of-diamonds card. He returns
              it to the police.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        Ricardo! Do you see the knot
                        around his neck?
 
              She shows him the rope: an overhand knot.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        It's an overhand knot.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        Sara was hanged with a surgeon's
                        knot.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        I remember.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        We may be dealing with two
                        criminals.

                                  RICARDO
                        Or with one very cunning mind.
                               (suddenly in a
                                rush, to Zayed)
                        We must get back to the hotel,
                        Inspector.
 
                                  ZAYED
                        I will visit, then, Mrs. Lawn,
                        tomorrow, at eleven. Would you
                        like to join me?
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Sure.
 
                                  ZAYED
                        I should have the results of Doctor
                        Dupin's autopsy by then.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Doctor Dupin?
 
                                  ZAYED
                        That was his real name.
 
              Zayed shows him the document he received from Policeman 3.
              Ricardo peruses it.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Of course. I heard of him before.
 
                                  ZAYED
                        Do you think he murdered Sara,
                        only to commit suicide afterwards?
 
                                  RICARDO
                        It's a possibility. Good night,
                        Inspector.
 
              Ricardo and Gabrielle leave.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              INT. TAXI. NIGHT
 
              Ricardo and Gabrielle share a cab. They are silent. The car
              stops.
 
                                  TAXI DRIVER
                        We have arrived, Sir.
 
                                                       CUT TO:

              EXT. IN FRONT OF ELEUTHERIA'S HEAD QUARTERS. NIGHT
 
              Ricardo and Gabrielle get out of the car. He looks around. He
              discovers a house--his eyes on a lit window. Inside the
              house, Tracy and WOMAN 1 drink cocktails.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Thank you, Sir. Can you wait for
                        us here?
 
                                  TAXI DRIVER
                        Sure.
 
              Ricardo gives him a £50 note.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Take this note, in any event.
 
              Gabrielle looks intensively at Ricardo.
 
                                  RICARDO
                               (continuing)
                        Or, even better, can you come back
                        to pick us up in one hour?
 
                                  TAXI DRIVER
                        I'd rather wait here, Sir.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                               (acting like a
                                prostitute, chewing
                                invisible gum)
                        You don't understand my
                        friend. We need some privacy.
 
                                  TAXI DRIVER
                               (knowingly)
                        Oh! I got it. I'll be back in one
                        hour. Enjoy your walk, Sir.
 
              The taxi drives away. Gabrielle and Ricardo walk towards the
              house.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        Have you been here before?
 
                                  RICARDO
                        This morning. I watched the house
                        for two hours.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        What will we do if they catch you?

              Ricardo pulls up the hood of his coat.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        They won't.
                                  
              Ricardo and Gabrielle split up. She goes towards the front of
              the house. Ricardo walks towards the backyard, down a dark
              pathway.
 
              Gabrielle knocks on the door.
 
              RACHEL opens the door. Her jaw drops as she recognizes
              Gabrielle.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                               (continuing)
                        May I come in?
 
                                  RACHEL
                        But...
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                               (suddenly sobbing)
                        I'm looking for advice.
 
              WOMAN 2 appears behind Rachel.
 
                                  WOMAN 2
                        Is everything alright?
 
                                  RACHEL
                        Yes...
                               (to Gabrielle)
                        Please, come in.
 
              Gabrielle enters. She recovers.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              EXT. ELEUTHERIA'S HEAD QUARTERS. NIGHT
 
              Ricardo's hands grasp a thick vine. He climbs up the side of
              a Victorian mansion.
 
              He looks up to a dark balcony on the third floor.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              INT. ELEUTHERIA'S HEAD QUARTERS. NIGHT
 
              Gabrielle enters into a large Victorian mansion. Groups of
              women talk---indifferent to her.

              Gabrielle takes in her surroundings: large photographs of
              famous contemporary men and women in the walls. The space is
              dimly lit.
 
                                  WOMAN 2
                        How many months?
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                               (desperate)
                        Two, I believe.
 
                                  WOMAN 2
                               (smiling)
                        Be brave. You are lucky it's not too
                        late.
 
                                  RACHEL
                               (suspicious)
                        Are you sure this is not just a
                        psychological pregnancy?
 
              Tracy approaches.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        I took the test.
 
                                  RACHEL
                        Maybe we should do it again.
 
              Rachel steps away.
 
                                  TRACY
                               (extremely polite)
                        Good evening, Gabrielle.
                        Did you come to talk?
 
              Gabrielle sobs nervously.
 
                                  WOMAN 2
                        She needs help. Poor creature.
 
                                  TRACY
                        I doubt it.
                               (to Gabrielle)
                        Who told you about us?
 
                                  WOMAN 2
                               (to Gabrielle)
                        You both have met before, I assume.
 
                                  TRACY
                        Gabrielle is a private detective.
                        She believes my sister has
                        been murdered.

                                  WOMAN 2
                        Good Heavens!
 
              Petra and Perry, from the upper floor, look intensely at
              Gabrielle.
 
              EXT. ELEUTHERIA'S HEAD QUARTERS. NIGHT
 
              Ricardo steps onto a balcony, on the second floor. He
              breathes deeply and turns on a flashlight. He opens a door
              and enters into a dark room.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              INT. ELEUTHERIA'S MAIN OFFICE. NIGHT
 
              Ricardo looks around. There is an office--three desks and
              seven filing cabinets.
 
              He opens the upper drawer of the first cabinet to his right. He
              rifles through file folders.
 
                                                       INSERT:
 
              File folders: they are organized alphabetically order: Terry
              Ackard, Marine Adonis, etc.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              INT. ELEUTHERIA'S HEAD QUARTERS. NIGHT
 
              Petra approaches Gabrielle.
 
                                  WOMAN 2
                        Even so, you are more than welcome
                        to spend this evening with us.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        Thanks. I hope I'm not intruding.
 
                                  WOMAN 2
                        By no means.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        I should have waited till
                        tomorrow, but I wasn't able to
                        bear it anymore.
 
              Tracy appears with a pregnancy test set.
 
                                  TRACY
                               (smiling)
                        Now, would you like to help me?

              Gabrielle looks at her hands.
 
                                  PETRA
                        Tracy! By God! What are you doing?
 
                                  TRACY
                        Trying to help Gabrielle.
 
                                  PETRA
                        This is not a hospital.
                            (smiling, to
                                Gabrielle)
                        You can come back tomorrow
                        morning. Now you should rest.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        Thank you.
 
              Gabrielle sits down on the nearest chair. Tracy looks at
              Petra.
 
              Tracy leaves. Woman 2 introduces Woman 1 to Gabrielle.
 
              Rachel approaches Petra.
 
                                  RACHEL
                        I'm suspicious of uninvited guests
 
                      as well.
 
                                  PETRA
                        Her husband visited us
                        this evening. A waste of time, of
                        course. But I got his point. He is
                        a catholic, conservative,
                        stubborn, and incorruptible silly
                        man.
 
              She looks back at Gabrielle--who looks at her.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              INT. ELEUTHERIA'S MAIN OFFICE. NIGHT
 
              Ricardo finishes perusing the last drawer of the last
              cabinet. He sits down in front of one of the desks. His eyes
              rest on a sheet of paper.
 
                                                       INSERT:

              A sheet of paper, where several people have written «don't
              blame anybody» and signed next to it.
 
                                                       BACK TO SCENE:
 
              An object catches Ricardo's attention. He outstretches his
              hand and takes a photo of:
 
                                                       INSERT:
 
              Monsieur Philippe in a Doctor's suite.
 
              Sound of steps in the corridor. Ricardo reacts and turns off
              the light. He takes the sheet of paper and hides behind the
              curtain.
 
              The door opens. Perry enters and closes the door behind him.
              He turns on the lights and looks at the cabinets. He then
              approaches a bookshelf and turns it around--it's, in fact, a
              secret door. He enters and closes the door behind him.
 
              Ricardo steps out, towards the door.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              INT. ELEUTHERIA'S SECRET LABORATORY. NIGHT
 
              Ricardo peeps in and looks in horror to a wide neon-lit
              laboratory. Ponderous shelves hold thousands of 1-gallon
              glass bottles. Each bottle contains, in clear water, 80% body
              parts of well-developed fetuses.
 
                                  RICARDO
                               (whispering)
                        Dios mío!
 
              He listens to the noise of water spilling over a metallic
              surface. He walks through this maze of fetuses. He stops,
              hides behind a shelf, and looks at Perry.
 
              Perry is at the center of the laboratory. He washes with
              detergent the bloody surface of an abortionist table--a 100%
              stainless steel structure.
 
              «Jigs», Perry's cat, meows at Ricardo and runs to Perry's
              side. Ricardo steps back.
 
              Perry approaches to a small table where the blood-stained
              abortionist's instruments lie on: pincers, needles, pliers,
              knifes, and so on. He takes a knife.
 
              Ricardo runs away, but soon he gets lost. He sweats. Perry
              runs after him. All of a sudden, Ricardo turns around with a
              gun in his hand.

                                  RICARDO
                               (continuing)
                        Not so fast, Mr. Perry!
 
              Perry steps back puzzled, shakes a shelf and stumbles. About
              10 bottles fall and breaks on the floor. Perry screams,
              covered  by fetuses' parts.
 
                                  RICARDO
                               (continuing)
                        You shouldn't be horrified.
 
                       This human beings are dead. Be
                        as brave as you were when you saw
                        them clutching for life to their
                        mother's wombs.
 
              Perry recovers.
 
                                  PERRY
                        Never! You won't get anything from
                        us, Saint-André!
 
                                  RICARDO
                        I don't intend to denounce your
                        society, Sir. It would be useless
                        to close down a place like this.
                       
              Ricardo looks to a tiny heart in a bottle.
 
                                  RICARDO
                               (continuing)
                        Sacrificing children to a
 
                       generation of senile men and women.
 
                                  PERRY
                        Our Island is overpopulated.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        That's what Cain thought about the
                        world sixty thousand years ago.
 
                                  PERRY
                               (smiling)
                        Ah! But all we must die some day.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Sadly, I cannot reply to you that
                        all we must live some day,
                        Mr. Perry.
 
                                  PERRY
                               (blushed)
                        I didn't intent to kill you. I
                        thought you were a thief. Are you
                        upset?

                                  RICARDO
                        I'm just curious to know why
                        Doctor Philippe committed suicide.
 
                                  PERRY
                               (puzzled)
                        Doctor... Philippe?
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Or Doctor Dupin--as you prefer.
 
                                  PERRY
                        I didn't know...
 
              Ricardo shows him the note with the signatures.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Everybody in this town knows Sara
                        Baltimore and Doctor Philippe
                        didn't commit suicide. You may
                        have strong reasons to protect the
                        murderer. I don't have any. Can
                        you, then, be so kind, Sir,
                        as to provide me with a reason?
 
                                  PERRY
                        Only if you promise
                        me not to involve me in your
                        investigation. I cannot afford to
 
                       go to prison. My cats need me.
 
              Ricardo remains defiant, pointing the gun at Perry.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        I hardly know you, Sir. And you
                        are already involved.
 
                                  PERRY
                        We are not murderers. We respect
                        women's choice. But Doctor
                        Philippe betrayed us. He was
                        selling human organs for research.
                        We proved he killed some babies to
                        keep on his business. You see, we
                        wanted Sara's baby alive...
 
                                  RICARDO
                        We?
 
                                  PERRY
                        Mr. Baltimore and his family.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Who killed Dr. Philippe, then?
 
              Ricardo triggers the gun.

                                                        CUT TO:
 
              INT. ELEUTHERIA'S MAIN OFFICE. NIGHT
 
              Cards are shuffled in a dark room. They are distributed, face
              down, over a rounded table. We only see the hands of about 12
              people.
 
                                  PERRY (V.O.)
                        I don't know! It was a lottery, do
                        you understand? Whoever got the
                        ace of diamonds--he should be the
                        killer. We swore never to talk
                        again about this issue.

                                    RICARDO
 
                       As in Stevenson's story.

                                    PERRY
      
                   You understand me…
 
              The cards are overturn in secret. Different figures appear.
              The hand of a man overturns the ace of diamonds.
 
                                  RICARDO (V.O.)
                        So, whoever was selected--he or
                        she betrayed Eleutheria.
 
                                  PERRY
                        Nobody wanted Sara's death.
 
                                                       BACK TO SCENE:
 
              INT. ELEUTHERIA'S SECRET LABORATORY. NIGHT
 
                                  PERRY
                        Nobody... Mr. Baltimore loved
                        her!
                               (he sobs)
                        Nobody. I even saved her once—in
                     the Nile.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              INT. ELEUTHERIA'S HEAD QUARTERS. NIGHT
 
              Gabrielle talks to Woman 1, near the main door.

                                  WOMAN 1
                               (nervous, looking at
                                the door)
                        Were you pregnant in France? You
                        cannot tell your husband. You don't have
                        to. You, and only you, own the
                        life of that child. What's your
                        name again?
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        Gabrielle.
 
                                  WOMAN 1
                        Poor Gabrielle!
 
              Knocks on the door. Rachel opens the door. Ricardo enters.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Good evening.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        Tico!
                               (to Woman 1, smiling)
                        Now I must go.
 
                                  WOMAN 1
                               (confused)
                        But...
 
              Gabrielle and Ricardo exit.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              EXT. SAINT-ANDRÉ'S APARTMENT. DAY
 
              Ricardo rolls a heavy suitcase into Gabrielle's bedroom.
              Gabrielle, close to him, takes out her clothes from her bag
              and hangs them up in her closet.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        That's all, I believe.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        Thanks, mon chéri.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        I should hurry up to visit Mrs.
                        Lawn. Would you be able to speak
                        to Sir Weyden?
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        This afternoon.
 
              Ricardo kisses her.

                                  RICARDO
                        Good heavens...
 
              Gabrielle looks at Ricardo, who stares at the glass door that
              joins Gabrielle's room to the main garden.
 
              They see Fred through the glass. He hangs up a flowerpot on
              the window frame.
 
              Fred folds his hands and smiles as Ricardo stares speechless
              at him.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        Is he a housekeeper?
 
                                  RICARDO
                        That's what I intend to find out.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              EXT. SAINT-ANDRÉ'S APARTMENT. DAY
 
              Ricardo opens the glass door.
 
                                  RICARDO
                               (to Fred)
                        Excuse me, Sir. What are you doing?
 
                                  FRED
                        Hello!
 
              Fred ignores Ricardo's question and continues working on the
              flowerpot.
 
              Gabrielle opens a window, next to Fred--so that Fred hangs up
              the flowerpot surrounded by the Saint-André.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        Who owns that flowerpot?
 
                                  FRED
                        Me, Mrs. But never mind. I will
                        water it twice a day.
 
                                  RICARDO
                               (upset)
                        I'm afraid you will have to remove
                        it immediately.
 
                                  FRED
                        Why, Sir?
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        This is private property. You are
                        trespassing.

                                  FRED
                        Am I? You are mistaken, I believe.
                        The owner of this apartment is Sir
                        Weyden.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        You are rude, Sir. You are ruining
                        our first day in our new home.
 
                                  FRED
                               (polite)
                        This is a community, little lady.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        How should I call you? My Lord?
 
                                  RICARDO
                               (visibly upset)
                        If you come up here twice a day,
                        we won't have any privacy.
 
                                  FRED
                        You are from Bolivia, aren't you?
                        Are you hiding something, Sir?
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        This is ludicrous.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Either you get out of this garden
                        or I'll call the police.
 
              Fred takes down his flowerpot. He takes two steps back and
              returns to face Ricardo.
 
                                  FRED
                        You are committing a terrible
                        mistake, Sir. Do you know why?
                        Because in this building we live
                        as a community, and you are
                        foreigners. Whenever you need a
                        favor, I assure you, I won't be
                        there.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Are you threatening us, Sir?
 
                                  FRED
                        You may find out how I helped the
                        Brazilian tenant who lived in this
                        apartment before you. When his
                        fiancée was attacked by robbers, I
                        called immediately for help.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Sousa?

                                  FRED
                        The football player, yes. His
                        fiancée was alone when a thief
                        entered into his apartment. The
                        scum beat her badly.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        How did you help her?
 
                                  FRED
                        By calling Sir Weyden. He came
                        back with a doctor.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Thanks, Sir!
 
                                  FRED
                               (confused)
                        Can I put my flowerpot back,
                        then?
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Certainly no.
 
              Ricardo closes the glass door. Fred looks resentfully at
              Gabrielle.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              INT. MRS. LAWN'S GUEST'S HOUSE--DINNER ROOM. DAY
 
              Ricardo enters the dining room, where Mrs. Lawn and Zayed are
              talking. They drink tea.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        I apologize for my lateness,
                        Inspector, Mrs. Lawn. May I take a
                        seat?
 
                                  MRS. LAWN
                               (dry)
                        Please.
 
              Ricardo sits down.
 
                                  MRS. LAWN
                               (continuing)
                        I regret the tragic end of your
                        French comrade, Monsieur. But
                        suicide is a cowardly act that I
                        cannot sympathize with.
 
                                  ZAYED
                               (impatient)
                        We suspect Monsieur Philippe
 
                       was murdered.

                                  MRS. LAWN
                               (upset)
                        He was an arrogant man, a liar and
                        a...
 
                                  RICARDO
                        A murderer?
 
              Mrs. Lawn's jaw drops for an instant. She immediately
              recovers and ignores Ricardo's remark.
 
                                  MRS. LAWN
                        ...a thief! He didn't pay his last
                        phone bill.
 
                                  ZAYED
                        Can I see that phone bill, Mom?
 
                                  MRS. LAWN
                        Of course.
 
              Mrs. Lawn leaves the room.
 
                                  ZAYED
                               (whispering, to
                                Ricardo)
                        Perhaps we can track the people
                        Monsieur Philippe was dealing with.
 
                                  RICARDO
                               (ignoring his comment)
                        Does Mrs. Lawn have an alibi?
 
              Zayed checks his notebook.
 
                                  ZAYED
                        Two men, her tenants, saw her
                        arriving Thursday night, at 10.
                        Monsieur Philippe died about
                        eleven--according to the forensic
                        report.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Did they see her arriving, or did
                        they see her car?
 
              Zayed looks at his notes.
 
                                  ZAYED
                        Her car, I'm afraid.
 
              Ricardo walks towards the window.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        What about the third tenant? There
                        are three tenants in this house,
                        I have noticed.

                                  ZAYED
                        Her name is Whitney Rush.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Yes. I've seen her.
 
                                  ZAYED
                        She works with the Baltimore
                        family, where she often spends her
                        nights.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        And I assume she didn't stay here
                        on Thursday night.
 
              Ricardo picks up a newspaper, placed over a table.
 
                                  ZAYED
                        That's correct... Do you suspect her?
 
                                  RICARDO
                               (beat)
                        The murderer!
 
                                  ZAYED
                        Who?
 
              Ricardo reads the title: «SOUSA WORTH 20 MILLION POUNDS.
              TRIUMPHAL RETURN OF THE BRAZILIAN PLAYER.»
 
                                  RICARDO
                        It would be silly to give you a
                        name at this point, Inspector.
 
                       My logic has been often overwhelmed by
                        facts.
 
                                  ZAYED
                        You must give me a hint. That
                        murderer may attack someone else--
                        today or tomorrow.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        The devil doesn't take a serpent
                        with his hands... Unless...
 
                                  ZAYED
                        Is that a proverb?
 
              Mrs. Lawn enters with a phone bill. She hands it to Zayed.
              Ricardo reads the newspaper.
 
                                                       INSERT:
 
              Newspaper headline: «Doctor Knox claims to be victim of a
              plot.» Beneath, we see a photo of Doctor Knox, Albert and Mr.
              Baltimore, smiling to the camera.

                                  MRS. LAWN (O.S.)
                        I have underlined Monsieur
                        Philippe's phone calls.
 
                                  RICARDO (O.S.)
                               (thoughtful)
                        Would you be able to accompany us
                        to a meeting at the Sports Center,
                        next Saturday at 9, Mrs. Lawn?
 
                                                       BACK TO SCENE:
 
                                  MRS. LAWN
                        I cannot.
 
              Ricardo looks at Zayed.
 
                                  ZAYED
                        Mrs. Lawn... You don't leave me
                        any choice but to ask you to
                        accompany me to Scotland Yard.
                      
                                  MRS. LAWN
                        Nonsense.
                               (to Ricardo, smiling)
                        I am delighted to accept your
                        invitation, Monsieur.
 
                                  RICAROD
                               (suddenly, to Zayed)
                        Doctor Knox! Or course! He is
 
                       the next victim!
 
                                  ZAYED
                        The serial killer?
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Call the prison, wherever he is!
 
              Zayed looks confused at Ricardo.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              EXT. SIR WEYDEN'S HOUSE TERRACE. DAY
 
              Sir Weyden swims in his pool.
 
              Gabrielle walks in, escorted by Frank--she wears a mini-
              skirt. Sir Weyden comes out of the pool. He peruses her legs.
 
                                  SIR WEYDEN
                        Nice legs. How often does your
                        husband leave you alone?
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                               (earnest)
                        What were you doing on Thursday
                        evening?

                                  SIR WEYDEN
                               (smiling, flirting)
                        Not so fast! Let's come inside for
                        a drink.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              INT. SIR WEYDEN'S HOUSE. DAY
 
              A set of billiard balls is broken by the cue ball. Two of
              them fall into pockets. Sir Weyden, wearing a robe, plays
              billiard.
 
                                  SIR WEYDEN
                        Good shot!
 
              Gabrielle sneezes. She stands besides a drawer.

                            SIR WEYDEN
                     Are you all right?

                            GABRIELLE
                     I’ll be fine. It’s just a cold.

                            SIR WEYDEN
                     Yes, I heard…
                            (beat)
                     Please, feel free to take a tissue
 
                    from the second drawer.
         
       Gabrielle opens it. Gabrielle finds a tissue and several
       syringes in the drawer. She contracts her eyebrows.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        I'm waiting for your answer, Sir.

                                  SIR WEYDEN
                        Oh, yes... I went to see a theatre
                        play.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        With Lady Weyden?

              Gabrielle sneaks a syringe into her purse.
 
                                  SIR WEYDEN
                        No...
 
              He hits the balls. The ball one falls into the pocket.
 
                                  SIR WEYDEN
                               (continuing)
                        I won't give you her name, lest I
                        destroy my marriage.
              
                                  GABRIELLE
                        A man was murdered at that very
                        hour. Monsieur Philippe—that was his
                        name. Do you know him?

            
 
                                  SIR WEYDEN
                        Hardly. He used to work for Mr.
                        Baltimore.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        Would you give me her name, then?
 
              Sir Weyden hits the balls. The ball two falls into the
              pocket.
 
                                  SIR WEYDEN
                        Nicole Pollard. A escort. Her
                        business name is Polly. Do you
                        want her mobile number?

              Sir Weyden looks at Gabrielle.
 
                                  SIR WEYDEN
                               (continuing)
                        Are you shocked?
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        I was just wondering. What would
                        you do if you found out your wife
                        was carrying another man's
                        child?
 
                                  SIR WEYDEN
                        I may ask her to abort him.
 
              Sir Weyden hits the cue ball. He misses the three-ball
              completely.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        Unless she suffers a miscarriage.
 
                                  SIR WEYDEN
                               (defensive)
                        In this country we rarely talk
                        about our personal affairs,
                        Gabrielle. We respect privacy.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        I understand.
 
              Gabrielle stands up.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                               (continuing)
                        Still we live in a community.
 
              Sir Weyden concentrates on the game.
 
                                  SIR WEYDEN
                        I'm sure you will find your way
                        out.
 
              Sir Weyden hits the balls. Gabrielle turns around. She faces
              the stern face of Frank.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              INT. PRISON BATHROOM. DAY
 
              The naked body of 56-year-old Doctor Knox lies on the floor.
              His throat has been cut. Flash lights.
 
              GUARD 1 covers him. Ricardo and Zayed walk away--they follow
              MR. WILSON, the warden of the penitentiary. Mr. Wilson fills
              out some documents.

                                  ZAYED
                        I'm afraid we won't even find a
                        suspect. Crimes like this are
                        quite common in this prison.
 
                                  RICARDO
                               (to Wilson)
                        Do you have any recording?
 
                                  WILSON
                        It's not necessary. The man
                        committed suicide.
 
              Mr. Wilson signs his paper.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        I wouldn't be so hasty.
 
                                  WILSON
                               (upset)
                        Listen, Mister. I really
                        appreciate your help. But I am the
                        one who has to remove the dung of
                        society. He was a murderer. He
                        started to feel remorse. He cut
                        his throat. Clear as water.
 
                                  ZAYED
                        Did he have any cell-mates?
 
                                  WILSON
                        No.
 
              Zayed stares at Ricardo.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Can we speak to his guards, then?
 
              Wilson hesitates.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              INT. SPORTS CENTER. NIGHT
 
              Albert and Gabrielle enter through the main door.
 
              A basketball court decorated for a celebration. Jazz music.
 
              They walk among banners from international football clubs,
              pictures of glamorous athletes and streamers hanging all the
              way around.

              In the center, Hernán cuts a gigantic cake--a miniature of a
              football stadium. Flashing lights from newspaper reporters.
              Guests applaud.
 
              Aside we see Rachel and Tracy. They look at Gabrielle.
              Gabrielle looks at them. They turn their faces towards an
              stage, where 5 MUSICIANS play music.
 
              Gabrielle and Albert get drinks. They toast with about 200
              guests.
 
              Mr. Perry drinks as well. He looks around and finds Ricardo
              and Zayed, who walk out of the room. Mr. Perry turns
              left. He notices Whitney, Frank, and Fred, talking to each
              other.
 
              Hernán is surrounded by Mr. Bogle and MRS. BOGLE--a Native-
              American Bolivian woman.
 
              Petra and Mr. Baltimore talk to the Bolivian Politician and
              HIS WIFE.
 
              The saxophone player plays a solo. He finishes. Guests clap.
              The musicians step down from the stage.
 
              Sir Weyden steps up and, taking the microphone, addresses the
              audience.
 
                                  SIR WEYDEN
                        Ladies and gentlemen, as the
                        president of the Cheshire Club,
                        I'm delighted to welcome back our
                        most valuable player, Hernán Sousa.
 
              Sir Weyden claps. People do the same. Hernán finds his way up
              to the podium among the ovations and screams of the guests.
 
              Ricardo stands before the entrance of the hall. Zayed looks
              at Ricardo.
 
                                  ZAYED
                        Can we proceed?
 
                                  RICARDO
                        If that's fine with you.
 
                                  ZAYED
                        I rely on you.
 
              They walk towards the podium. Hernán motions to the audience
              to quiet down.

                                  HERNAN
                        I want, first of all, to thank Sir
                        and Lady Weyden for their trust.
                        I hope my skills as a football
                        player will match their generosity
                        and kindness.
 
              Guests clap. Ricardo and Zayed come up to the podium.
 
              Sir Weyden looks at them with surprise.
 
                                  HERNAN
                               (continuing)
                        Our lives have been shaken by a
                        tragedy. But it is our
                        responsibility to recover our
                        trust in life. It is...
 
              He looks at Ricardo, who stands by his side. Ricardo smiles
              and takes the microphone.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Thanks to Hernán Sousa!
 
              People scream and clap. Hernán steps aside. He looks dazzled
              at Sir Weyden.
 
                                  SIR WEYDEN
                        What the hell is going on?
 
              Zayed flashes his ID.
 
                                  ZAYED
                        Scotland Yard.
 
                                  SIR WEYDEN
                        You are making a serious mistake,
                        Inspector.
 
              Ricardo motions to the audience to remain calm.
 
              Albert looks at Gabrielle.
 
                                  ALBERT
                               (nervous)
                        Good evening.
 
              Gabrielle walks towards the podium. Albert follows her.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        We would like briefly to discuss
                        the mystery of Miss Sara
                        Baltimore's death.
 
              People become silent. Mr. Baltimore looks at the main door--a
              policeman stands up.

              Ricardo takes out his notebook from his pocket, looks at Mr.
              Baltimore and steps down towards him.
 
                                  RICARDO
                               (continuing)
                        This community has been devastated
                        by the recent capture of Doctor
                        Knox, who, according to the latest
                        reports, murdered 89 men and women
                        during the last 25 years... Whether
                        he is guilty or not, he was not
                        working alone...
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              INT. MR. BALTIMORE'S HOUSE. NIGHT
 
              FLASHBACK OF SCENE 46.
 
                                  RICARDO
                               (to Mr. Baltimore)
                        Did you meet him?
 
                                  MR. BALTIMORE
                        Oh, yes. I was even one of his
                        patients.
 
                                                       BACK TO SCENE:
 
              INT. SPORTS CENTER. NIGHT
 
              Ricardo faces Mr. Baltimore.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Tycoons are circumspect. They
                        frequently dislike doctors and
                        dentists. They know their fortune
                        is a constant threat over their
                        heads, and, more than anyone else,
                        they know how vulnerable
 
                      they can be in the hands of
                        physicians.
 
              He looks at Mr. Baltimore, who looks defiantly at him.
 
                                  RICARDO
                               (continuing)
                        May I ask you, Sir, who
                        recommended Doctor Knox to
                        you?
 
                                  MR. BALTIMORE
                        I won't answer any of your
                        questions, Ricardo.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        As I expected.

              Ricardo walks towards Tracy.
 
                                  RICARDO
                               (continuing)
                        You are obviously protecting
                        someone. A relative? Perhaps your
                        dearest daughter, Lady Weyden, who
                        dated Doctor Knox for five years,
                        while studying at the University
                        of Manchester.
 
              Whispers among the crowd. Ricardo faces Tracy.
 
                                  RICARDO
                               (continuing)
                        Didn't you?
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              INT. PERRY'S OFFICE. DAY
 
                                  PERRY
                        Of course he is. Knox was a
                        seducer. He used to date his
                        youngest students.
                               (laugh)
                        And also the richest...
 
                                                       BACK TO SCENE:
 
                                  TRACY
                        Yes, I did.
 
              Whispers and exclamations.
 
                                  MR. BALTIMORE
                        Are you accusing Lady Weyden of
                        murder, Sir?
 
                                  RICARDO
                        I claim the innocence of Doctor
                        Knox.
 
                                  PETRA
                        By heavens! Would you defend a
                        serial killer?
 
                                  GUESTS
                        Yes!--He's!--A scum!--He killed my
                        mother-in-law!--Obnoxious!
 
                                  RICARDO
                               (loud)
                        People die sooner or later!
 
              Silence.

                                  RICARDO
                               (continuing)
                        We have only a piece of evidence.
                        A syringe filled with poison found
                        in Doctor Knox's pocket. Should we
                        blame Doctor Knox, then, for the
                        death of 89 patients---men and
                        women who visited his office once
                        in their lives?
                               (pause)
                        Reporters have been speculating
                        about his preference for elderly
                        victims. Indeed, the average age
                        of Doctor Knox's dead patients is
                        81.
                               (pause)
                        The syringe in his pocket was
                        put there by someone else...
 
              Whispers.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              INT. DOCTOR KNOX'S OFFICE. DAY
 
              Doctor Knox hangs his white robe on a hook. Phone rings.
              Tracy, wearing a tiny dress and dark gloves, picks it up.
 
                                  TRACY
                        Yes?... I remember you. Yes!
                        Doctor Knox treated your husband
                        this morning. Is everything all
                        right?
 
              Tracy looks at Doctor Knox, who is washing his hands.
 
                                  TRACY
                               (continuing;
                                whispering)
                        When did he die?... Oh! I'm sure
                        we can talk to the police. Thanks.
 
              Tracy hangs up. She takes out a syringe out of her purse and
              puts it in Doctor Knox's white robe.
 
                                                       BACK TO SCENE:
 
              INT. SPORTS CENTER. NIGHT
 
              Ricardo looks at Tracy, who looks pale. He takes a syringe
              out of his pocket.

        
                            RICARDO
                        A syringe like this one,

                                      GABRIELLE
                        Which I found in Lady Weyden’s
                        house.

                                      HERNAN
                        Your imagination surprises
                        us, Señor Saint-André. There
 
                      are thousand of syringes like
 
                      this in town.
   
                    
                   ZAYED
                        You are mistaken, Mr. Sousa.
                        This is a syringe made in France.
       
       Whispers.
 
        
                                     RICARDO
 
                       Doctor Knox had kept, in fact,
 
                      an obnoxious secret.
 
              Ricardo walks towards Mr. Sousa.

                                  RICARDO
                               (continuing)
                        A mystery related to «Poor Sara!»
                        «Poor Sara!»---That was the
                        expression used by several people
                        in this room...
 
                                                       BACK TO SCENE:
 
              SERIES OF FLASHBACKS:
 
              EXT. MANCHESTER CEMETERY. DAY
 
                                  MR. BALTIMORE
                        Poor Sara! She claimed she was the
                        victim of a burglar.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              EXT. MANCHESTER'S CITY HALL. DAY
 
                                  SIR WEYDEN
                        Thanks. Do you suspect I murdered
                        poor Sara on my wedding night?
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              EXT. TENNIS CLUB. DAY
 
                                  TRACY
                               (almost sobbing)
                        I just can not accept the fact
                        that she is dead. Poor Sara!
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              EXT. CHESHIRE'S GARDEN. DAY
 
                                  RACHEL
                        Now, excuse me, the police report
                        was conclusive. Poor Sara
                        committed suicide.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              INT. PERRY'S OFFICE. DAY
 
                                  PERRY
                        I work sometimes as their
                        accountant and financial
                        consultant.
                               (beat)
                        Poor Sara!
 
                                                       BACK TO SCENE:

              INT. SPORTS CENTER. NIGHT
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Why poor? I wonder. Why only that
                        one adjective to describe Sara--
                        there are, after all, hundreds,
                        nay, thousands of words to
                        describe a friend.
                               (pause)
                        I inferred that Mr. Baltimore, Mr. Perry,
                        Tracy, Rachel and Sir Weyden were
                        all members of a close community
                        --a guilt or society
                        that shared the key of Sara's
                        mysterious death.
 
              Ricardo walks towards Gabrielle.
 
                                  RICARDO
                               (continuing)
                        A weak suspicion. Expressions,
                        withal, come and go, from mouth to
                        mouth.
                               (pause)
                        It was my wife who finally
                        discovered the link with a
                        community eager to accept
                        newcomers, stigmatizing them with
                        such a word.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              INT. ELEUTHERIA'S HEAD QUARTERS. NIGHT
 

                                  WOMAN 1
                        You, and only you, own the life of
                        that child. What's your name again?
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        Gabrielle.
 
                                  WOMAN 1
                        Poor Gabrielle!
 
                                                       BACK TO SCENE:
 
              INT. SPORTS CENTER. NIGHT
 
              Ricardo looks at Gabrielle.

                                
                                      MR. BALTIMORE
                        This is preposterous!
                        Gabrielle looks at Mr. Baltimore.

                                  GABRIELLE
                        What do you know about Eleutheria,
 
                       Mister Baltimore?

      
                            MR. BALTIMORE
 
                       What everyone knows, little lady.

        
                           GABRIELLE
                        Would you agree with me if I say
                        that it is a group of men and women
                        struggling for the freedom of miserable
                        women? Women bearing unwanted
                        children--women like Sara
                        Baltimore.
 
              Whispers among the audience.
 
                                  HERNAN
                               (nervous)
                        She couldn't! She would have told
                        me...
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        But she didn’t. She wasn't
                        sure whether to bear your child or
                        not. Your main priority in your
                        life, Hernan, has been—and still is,
                        Football.
                               (pause)
                        Sara wasn't sure of your love, of
                        her life, of her career. She loved
                        you, of course. Otherwise she wouldn't
                        have looked for advice amongst so
                        many people: her father, her
                        sister, Mrs. Newton… In other words,
 
                      Eleutheria. Ah! And Doctor Knox--who was,
                        after all, an old fiend of her
                        family.
                              
              Hernán looks defiantly at her. Sir Weyden stands up.
 
                                  MR. BALTIMORE
                        You are jeopardizing my family's
                        reputation, little lady. I won't allow
                        you to continue with this farce.
                            ( to Zayed)
                        This is not the way Scotland Yard handles
                        business in this country.
 
                                  PETRA
                        Only the truth can redeem us, Ralph.
 
              Mr. Baltimore looks at the cold faces of the guests. He
              reluctantly sits down.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                               (continuing)
                        All the members of Eleutheria
                        supported Sara's abortion. But
                        Sara was afraid to murder a child.
                        Her doubts continued for five,
                        six, seven weeks.  Time went on,
                        and then, someone thought, it may
                        be too late.

              She approaches Petra.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                               (continuing)
                        Mrs. Baltimore wouldn't accept a
                        biracial child. She contacted,
                        then, Monsieur Philippe...
 
                                                       INSERT:
 
              INT. PERRY'S OFFICE. DAY
 
              Monsieur Philippe and Mr. Perry shake hands.
 
                                  PERRY
                        Welcome to town, Monsieur.
 
                                  PHILIPPE
                        My pleasure.
 
              Petra locks the door of his office. They continue talking
              under Gabrielle's voice over.
 
                                  GABRIELLE (V.O.)
                        His real name was Monsieur Dupin,
                        notorious abortionist, banned from
                        French Hospitals in 1995. In order
                        to keep up appearances, Mr. Perry--
                        Mr. Baltimore's faithful employee,
                        hired Doctor Philippe as a
                        consultant.
 
                                                       BACK TO SCENE:
 
              INT. SPORTS CENTER. NIGHT
 
                                  SIR WEYDEN
                        This is absurd! Mr. Perry have
                        records that prove Monsieur
                        Philippe's excellent work!
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        I'm sure you have. Monsieur
                        Philippe had a double life.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              INT. RACHEL'S OFFICE. DAY
 
              Rachel, seated at her desk, talks on the phone.
 
                                  RACHEL
                        ... well, Monsieur Philippe must
                        be a busy man... Working day and
                        night...
 
                                                       BACK TO SCENE:

              INT. SPORTS CENTER. NIGHT
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        Now, how can we explain, then, the
                        signatures on this sheet of paper?
 
              Gabrielle hands the page with the signatures to Petra. Petra
              looks dazzled at her.
 
                                                       INSERT:
 
              INT. ELEUTHERIA'S MAIN OFFICE. NIGHT
 
              Sara Baltimore writes on the sheet of paper. She signs.
              Monsieur Philippe talks to Petra. Petra looks at the sheet.
 
              Rachel and Women 1 drink beverages by the window.
 
                                  GABRIELLE (V.O.)
                        «Don't blame anyone», signed by
                        Mrs. Petra Baltimore... «Don't
                        blame anyone», signed by Mrs.
                        Rachel Newton... «Don't blame
                        anyone», signed by Monsieur
                        Philippe...
 
                                                       BACK TO SCENE:
 
              INT. SPORTS CENTER. NIGHT
 
                                  TRACY
                        That's it!
 
              Gabrielle looks at Tracy.
 
                                  TRACY
                               (continuing; nervous)
                        You are mistaken, Gabrielle. Those
                        signatures were part of a letter
                        we sent to the press.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        Were they? For what reason?
 
                                  TRACY
                        To support Gwen Twain.
 
                                                       INSERT:
 
              Ricardo's hand holds a cut of a newspaper sheet. On it there
              is a photograph of a young girl. The title: «Teenager drowns
              her baby in a bathtub.»

                                  TRACY (V.O.)
                        A 18-year-old girl sentenced to
                        life imprisonment for the death of
                        her child.
 
                                                       BACK TO SCENE:
 
              INT. SPORTS CENTER. NIGHT
 
                                  MRS. LAWN
                        She murdered him!
 
              Whispers and talk. Ricardo speaks to Mrs. Lawn.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                               (loud)
                        A letter that never arrived.
 
              Silence. Tracy looks suspiciously at Petra.
 
                                  PETRA
                               (whispering, to Tracy)
                        We couldn't get all the signatures.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        That letter was signed by Sara
                        Baltimore and Doctor Philippe as
                        well. A signature of death.
 
              Whispers. Rachel and Tracy look intensely at Petra. Petra
              steps back and falls. Mr. Baltimore helps her up.
 
                                  PETRA
                        I didn't kill her! I swear it!
                               (to Sir Weyden)
                        Max! Tell them!
 
              Gabrielle looks at Sir Weyden.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        Sir Maximilian Weyden! Owner of the
                        Property where Ricardo and I live
 
                      at the moment. Time before our
 
                      arrival, Mr. Sousa rented our flat for
                        one year.
 
              She approaches Hernán staring at Fred.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                               (continuing)
                        Do you know this man?
 
                                  HERNAN
                        Most certainly.
 
                                                       INSERT:

              EXT. SAINT-ANDRÉ'S APARTMENT. DAY
 
              Hernán, seated on the terrace, reads. He wears sun glasses,
              shorts and a t-shirt.
 
              Fred, carrying a plastic chair, approaches him--he looks
              defiantly at Hernán.
 
              Hernán looks at him.
 
              Fred places the chair on the terrace, close to Hernán, and
              sits down.
 
                                  HERNAN
                        Excuse me, Sir. You are
                        trespassing on private property.
 
                                  FRED
                        I know Sir Weyden. A generous
                        gentleman.
 
                                  HERNAN
                        Can you move your chair to the
                        common area, please?--to the
                        lawn?
 
                                  FRED
                        Has Sir Weyden hired you to clean
                        up after him?
 
              Hernán stands up. Fred laughs.
 
                                  FRED
                               (continuing)
                        This is a community, Sir.
 
              Sara comes out of the apartment.
 
                                  SARA
                               (to Hernán)
                        Is everything all right?
 
              Fred looks surprised. He stands up.
 
                                  FRED
                               (dazzled)
                        Miss Baltimore. How are you today?
 
                                  HERNAN
                        This obnoxious intruder wants me
                        to follow some neocolonialist
                        rule-book in my own home.
 
                                                       BACK TO SCENE:

              INT. SPORTS CENTER. NIGHT
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        Fred Parkinson. A bitter retired
                        army officer who kept Sir Weyden
                        up to date as to Hernán Sousa's
                        private life.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              INT. FRED'S APARTMENT. NIGHT
 
              From a dark room, Fred looks out through the window, behind
              a silk curtain.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              EXT. HERNAN'S APARTMENT'S PARKING LOT. NIGHT
 
              Hernán gets into his car. Sara gets out of the car and kisses
              him. Hernán drives out. Sara enters the building.
 
              INT. FRED'S APARTMENT. NIGHT
 
              Fred goes to the phone. He dials a number.
 
                                  FRED
                        Sir Weyden?... This is Fred...
                        Sousa is leaving his home...
                        Yes... Sara is alone.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              INT. HERNAN'S APARTMENT. NIGHT
 
              Sara gets out of the shower. She covers her body and walks
              towards the bedroom. Sound of broken glass.
 
                                  SARA
                        Hernán?
 
              She walks forward.
 
              All of a sudden, she is hit in the stomach with a baseball
              bat.
 
              She kneels down.
 
              A masked man opens several drawers. He grabs some money and
              jewelry. He flees.
 
              Sara tries to crawl after him. She falls flat onto the
              ground.

                                  GABRIELLE (V.O.)
                        Who was this man that broke into
                        the house and stole two thousand
                        pounds?
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              INT. SPORTS CENTER. NIGHT
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        Sir Maximilian Weyden? Never. He hired a
                        man in need, a heart-broken
                        student, tormented by gambling
                        debts: Mr. Albert Urwin.
 
              Whispers.
 
                                  SIR WEYDEN
                               (laughing)
                        That is a lie. Mr. Urwin was at my
                        house that night. Tracy and Mr.
                        Baltimore can confirm it.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        Perhaps. Unfortunately Mr. Albert
                        Urwin has signed a full confession
                        of his crime.
 
              Silence. Gabrielle looks at Albert. Albert faces Sir Weyden.
              Albert sobs. Whispers. Sir Weyden falls into a chair.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              INT. HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOM. NIGHT
 
              Sara is brought into Eleutheria's abortionist room where she
              meets Doctor Philippe.
 
                                  GABRIELLE (V.O.)
                        Sara was brought, then, to a
                        «hospital»...
 
                                                       BACK TO SCENE:
 
              INT. SPORTS CENTER. NIGHT
 
              Gabrielle looks at Rachel, who, scared, opens her eyes. Petra
              looks at Tracy. Tracy raises her head. Perry remains calm.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        ...where Doctor Philippe attended
                        her. He was there during the
                        abortion or should I say the
                        miscarriage?
                            (beat)
                        Sara went to the police for help--
                        she really believed that her child
                        had been a victim of manslaughter.
                        But the case was closed shortly
                        after.
 
              Ricardo, reading a piece of paper, stands up. Gabrielle sits
              down, gazing at Perry.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Doctor Philippe, in fact, murdered
                        the child.
 
                                  RACHEL
                        Lies!
 
                                  RICARDO
                        He murdered him to sell his organs
                        to a pharmaceutical company! I
                        cannot prove it, Mrs. Newton! What I can
                        prove is that your society--
                        Eleutheria, judged and imposed a
                        death sentence on Doctor Philippe.
                        An act of justice--yes! But still an act
                        against the law.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              INT. ELEUTHERIA'S MAIN OFFICE. NIGHT
 
              Cards are shuffled in a dark room. They are distributed, face
              down, over a round table. We only see the hands of about 12
              people.
 
                                  RICARDO (V.O.)
                        And the executioner, whoever he
                        was, was secretly chosen--playing
                        a lottery...
 
                                  PETRA (V.O.)
                        Nonsense!
 
                                  RICARDO (V.O.)
                        They follow one of Stevenson's
                        dimmest ideas. A deck of cards is
                        shuffled and handed out in secret.
                        Whoever gets the ace of diamonds,
                        he or she...
 
              The cards are overturned in secret. Different figures appear.
              The hand of a man overturns the ace of diamonds.
 
                                                       CUT TO:

              INT. CHEAP HOTEL BEDROOM IN SALFORD. DAY
 
              P.O.V of Doctor Philippe's murderer. Doctor Philippe, seated
              by the window, talks and smiles. He stands up and serves a
              drink.
 
                                  RICARDO (V.O.)
                        ...must murder Doctor Philippe.
                        Who was the murderer, then? Mrs.
                        Petra Baltimore? Or perhaps Mr.
                        Perry? A murderer so cunning as to
                        use this hideous secret to his own
                        advantage.
 
              The hands of the murderer--covered by gloves, approach him
              with a lace. The lace is quickly placed around Doctor
              Philippe's neck. He is strangled.
 
                                                       BACK TO SCENE:
 
              INT. SPORTS CENTER. NIGHT
 
                                  RICARDO
                        My theory also explains why
                        all the members of Eleutheria were
                        so desperate to believe
                        that Sara committed suicide. Now
                        we come back to our main concern:
                        her death.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              EXT. SIR WEYDEN'S HOUSE. NIGHT
 
              Sara walks towards the house. Behind him, Hernán starts his
              car.
 
                                  RICARDO (V.O.)
                        That evening, Mister Sousa brought
                        her back to Sir Weyden's house
                        about eight thirty. She crossed a
                        small garden, and encountered the
                        murderer, someone she knew,
                        someone unable to harm her.
 
              Sara meets someone--a figure we don't see. She smiles. She
              talks.
 
                                                       BACK TO SCENE:
 
              INT. SPORTS CENTER. NIGHT
 
                                  RICARDO
                        They spoke for quite a while.
                      Several guests started to
                        leave, but neither Sara nor her
                        murderer wanted to be seen by them.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              EXT. SIR WEYDEN'S HOUSE. NIGHT
 
              Sara is guided by a hand, under the tree.
 
                                  RICARDO (V.O.)
                        She was guided to a chosen spot,
                        just under the tree.
 
              From the tree, the rope descends very slowly.
 
              Up in the tree, among the branches, a dark figure emerges.
 
                                  RICARDO (V.O.)
                               (continuing)
                        An accomplice who was already
                        waiting in the tree, lowered the
                        rope just over Sara's head...
 
              A pair of hands--with gloves, caress Sara's face. She smiles.
 
                                  RICARDO (V.O.)
                               (continuing)
                        All of a sudden, she--for she was
                        a woman, pulled the rope and
                        placed it around Sara's neck...
 
              The hands do so.
 
                                  RICARDO (V.O.)
                               (continuing)
                        The accomplice jumped onto the
                        ground, raised Sara's body into
                        the air, and tied the rope onto a
                        lower branch.
 
              The accomplice does so.
 
                                                       BACK TO SCENE:
 
              INT. SPORTS CENTER. NIGHT
 
              Ricardo displays the first page of a newspaper--where Mr.
              Baltimore shakes hands with the Bolivian President.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        As we all know, Mr. Baltimore has
                        recently signed an agreement  to
                        drill oil in South America,
                        in Bolivia, a country torn apart
                        by civil war. It is a pity
                        Europeans care so little about
                        third-world misery. Only a
                        disaster, an earthquake, a flood
                        or a coup d'état can bring it to
                        our attention.
                               (pause)
                        Sara Baltimore, nonetheless,
                        became interested in Bolivian
                        politics. Mister Sousa
                        introduced her to Mrs. Bogle,
                        who is with us tonight.
 
              He looks at Mrs. Bogle. He shows her the page.
 
                                  RICARDO
                               (continuing)
                        Do you remember Sara's opinion on
                        her father's business in Bolivia?
 
                                  MRS. BOGLE
                        Yes.
 
              Whispers. Mr. Baltimore breathes deeply. Mrs. Bogle looks at
              Tracy.
 
                                  MRS. BOGLE
                               (continuing)
                        She told us she was never going to
                        allow her father to sign an
                        agreement with the Bolivian
                        government.
 
              Whispers and exclamations. People look at both Mr. Baltimore
              and the Bolivian Politician.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        May we know why?
 
                                  MRS. BOGLE
                        Sara wanted to share the profits
                        of her father's company--she
                        wanted to build hospitals and
                        schools in the poorest regions of
                        Bolivia.
 
              Whispers and exclamations.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Sara Baltimore! An idealist who
                        compromised the interests
                        of her own family.
 
              He approaches the Bolivian politician.

                                  RICARDO
                               (continuing)
                        But now she is dead, and Mr.
                        Baltimore, in control of his
                        investments, has been able to sign
                        that agreement with the Bolivian
                        government.
 
                                  MR. BALTIMORE
                        I loved my daughter! You have gone
                        too far!
 
                                  RICARDO
                        You didn't murder her, Sir,
                        although you might have whished her
 repentance. Now that Sara is gone Lady
                        Weyden will surely inherit your fortune.
 
              He looks around.
 
                                  MR. BALTIMORE
                               (to Zayed)
                        Inspector! You must stop this
                        performance at once. This foreigner…
 
              Mr. Baltimore can not speak. He falters. Zayed guides him
              into a chair.
 
              Ricardo looks at the faces of the spectators.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        The story of Cain and Abel has
                        happened once again in Cheshire.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              EXT. ROAD IN FRONT OF SIR WEYDEN'S HOUSE. NIGHT
 
              An airplane lands on the ground, beside the road. Tracy and
              Sir Weyden come out of the airplane. They wear black clothes.
              Sir Weyden carries a rope.
 
                                  RICARDO (V.O.)
                        Sara's death was carefully
                        planned. Sir and Lady Weyden knew
                        Sara was going to return home that
                        night. They registered at their
                        hotel and stayed in a bungalow, a
                        solitary house next to an
                        abandoned golf course, now covered
                        by bushes and trees. In other
                        words, the ideal place to hide an
                        airplane and to fly back home.

              They cross the street and enter into the house.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              EXT. SIR WEYDEN'S HOUSE. NIGHT
 
              Sir Weyden climbs up the tree. Tracy looks at him.
 
                                   (V.O.)
                        They had the perfect alibi...
 
              Sound of steps. Tracy hides in the shadows. She sees Mrs.
              Lawn leaving the place.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              EXT. ROAD IN FRONT OF SIR WEYDEN'S HOUSE. NIGHT
 
              From the tree, Sir Weyden sees a Mercedes in front of the
              house.
 
              Hernán, visibly upset, gets out of the car and opens Sara's
              door.
 
              Sara gets out.
 
                                  HERNAN
                        We can work things out. Why don't
                        we go to my apartment?
 
                                  SARA
                        I promised my father and Petra not
                        to leave them by themselves
                        tonight.
 
                                  HERNAN
                        Fine.
 
                                  SIR WEYDEN
                               (whispering)
                        Tracy!
 
              Tracy, seated on the ground, opens her eyes. She watches
              Sara, who approaches her.
 
              Behind her, the car leaves.
 
              Tracy approaches her.
 
                                  TRACY
                        Sara!
 
              Sara smiles.
 
                                                       CUT TO:

              EXT. NORTH WALES HOTEL BUNGALOW. DAY
 
              A small airplane lands.
 
              Sir Weyden and Tracy get out and push it towards the bushes.
 
                                  RICARDO (V.O.)
                        Once the crime was perpetrated,
                        both murderers returned to their
                        nest of complicity. Two greedy
                        fellows, only able to love each
                        other!
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              EXT. CHESHIRE'S GARDEN. DAY
 
              Gabrielle, Rachel, and Ricardo walk in a huge garden.
 
                                  RICARDO (V.O.)
                        The airplane was temporarily
                        hidden on a tract of land, nearby.
                        One week later, Sir Weyden went to
                        pick it up.
 
              An airplane crosses the sky. Rachel greets him with her
              hands.
 
                                  RACHEL
                        That's Sir Weyden, back to his
                        home.
 
                                                       BACK TO SCENE:
 
              INT. SPORTS CENTER. NIGHT
 
              Mr. Baltimore looks at Tracy.
 
                                  TRACY
                        You are wrong, Tico.
                        Sir Weyden—he loves me.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        No, Tracy. You only possess each
 
                      other—a crude feeling no one can
 
                      call love.
 
                                  TRACY
                               (upset)
                        I was never interested in my
                        sister's fortune. Tell them,
                        Daddy! I never got along with my
                        sister, but... It was Sir Weyden's
                        idea.

                                  RICARDO
                        And Doctor Knox? He overheard your
                        plans to murder Sara!
 
                                  TRACY
                        No!
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Or perhaps he didn't. But you were
                        afraid. So you decided to get rid
                        of him. You gathered false proofs
                        to send him to prison, where Sir
                        Weyden, your husband, hired an
                        inmate to cut his throat--It
                        happened minutes before we were
                        able to talk to Doctor Knox!
 
                                  TRACY
                        We hired Doctor Knox to work for
                        us; he was our dentist...
                               (she sees the stern
                                look of Mr.
                                Baltimore)
                        But he betrayed us! Daddy paid you
                        twenty thousand pounds, Tico! Tico!
                     Why?
 
              She draws out a gun from her purse and points it at to
              Ricardo. Mr. Baltimore slaps her in the face. She drops
              her arm.
 
              The gun falls onto the floor. Two policewomen seize Tracy.
 
              Sir Weyden runs towards the door. Zayed blocks his path--
              pointing his gun at him.
 
                                  ZAYED
                        We have not finished yet, Sir.
 
              Two policemen seize him.
 
                                  SIR WEYDEN
                        I want to talk to my lawyer. You
                        don't have any substantial proof.
 
              Ricardo shows him a playing card: an ace of diamonds. He
              looks at Perry, who gazes at Sir Weyden.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Now we do, Sir.
 
                                  SIR WEYDEN
                        You! Bastard! We don't want you in
                        this country! Did you hear me! Get
                        back to your fucking hole!
 
                                                       CUT TO:

              EXT. SPORTS CENTER. NIGHT
 
              Albert is put in a police car. Gabrielle looks at him. He
              looks at her. People leave the place. There are several
              police cars around.
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              EXT. ALTRINCHAM CHURCH. DAY
 
              Ricardo, Gabrielle and Zayed stand up on a garden, in
              front of Altrincham's Catholic Church.
 
              An organ hymn is heard. People leave the Church.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        It's a pity we couldn't save
                        Doctor Knox.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        You saved Mr. and Mrs. Baltimore's
                        lives.
 
                                  ZAYED
                        Would they have dared...?
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        Had they had the opportunity.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Mr. Baltimore suspected Tracy. But
                        he was unable to accuse her.
 
                                  ZAYED
                        What about Eleutheria?
 
                                  RICARDO
                        I'm sure Sir Weyden will confess
                        his crime—but he won't denounce
                        Eleutheria--for his own sake.
 
                                  ZAYED
                        So, the law won't punish them.

                            RICARDO
                     The law can hardly reach them.
 
                                  GABRIELLE
                        And Tracy?
   
                            RICARDO
                     I believe her lawyer will prove
 
                   her insanity.
                
                                  ZAYED
                        Blame for the wretched, insanity
 
                      for the rich—that’s the law.
 
              Schubert’s 'Ave Maria' is heard.
 
                                  ZAYED
                        Would you settle down in England,
                        then?
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Perhaps.
 
                                  ZAYED
                        This case has given you a name.
 
                                  RICARDO
                        Thank God.

             Zayed looks at the cross.
 
                                  ZAYED
                        Thank God.
 
              Ricardo and Gabrielle walk away.
 
             

              FADE OUT:
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