A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
Re-creative Writing with Commentary
Task: Write a missing scene to appear between Scenes X and XI
It is the morning after the night before and Stella is due to return with the newest arrival to her family. STEVE is helping EUNICE put up decorations around the house, not by choice. The constant sound of running water can be heard from the bathroom but nothing more. BLANCHE has occupied the space for the past few hours. As STANLEY enters holding his first born high above his head, as if showing of his trophy, his prince, STELLA is slowly walking in not far behind. The distant sound of the perpetual “Blue Piano” rises from around the corner. EUNICE [excitedly]: Look what the cat dragged in. Let’s take a look at the little sprout! STEVE: Hey, Stanley. Hey, chump. I’ve gotta say, you’re boys a looker! STANLEY: What’s all this monkey doings?
STEVE: The Mrs here thought she’d throw you a welcome home party. EUNICE: Past him over Stan. Let me hold him a second [STANLEY reluctantly hands over his son]. You alright there Stella? You look a bit tired. Steve! Pull up a chair for Stella. STELLA collapses into the chair. STANLEY rushes over to her side, placing his hand on her head, and comfortingly rubs her back. STANLEY: Steve, I think its time you and Eunice left. Stella needs her rest. [When he sees no immediate movement, STANLEY becomes irritated]. Am I talking to myself?! I said, leave!! STELLA [weak]: Stanley Kowalski. Don’t you be talking to them like that. They’ve been good to us, you remember that. STEVE: Eunice, put the little munchkin down. I think you’re getting too attached. [As if he had a sudden epiphany] Don’t be getting any ideas ok! You’re too old to have a baby. EUNICE [angrily]: Very funny, Steve. Let’s see who’s joking when we get upstairs. EUNICE hands the baby back to his father, and she then exits with STEVE not far behind. The couple are arguing relentlessly all the way back up to their...
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