TEACHERS' WORKROOM -- A LITTLE LATER, SAME MORNING
leaning heavily on his cane, stands by the mimeograph machine. The floor
beneath the machine is covered with blue-stained newspapers. His hands,
stained blue from the mimeo fluid, tighten some screws.
leads Jimmy (whose face is now clean) to the worktable. She pours fluid
into the mimeo machine, while Victor bends down, watching for drips.
thank you, Mr. Schneider.
pleasure, ma'am. I'll just have a look at that radiator now.
nods his head at Jimmy in greeting, and starts to work on a nearby
radiator. As he works he hums some familiar snappy WWII hit tune
(examples: "Swinging on a Star," "Boogie Woogie Bugle
Boy," "Mairsie Doats"). Emma smiles at him.
begins cranking out War Bond flyers.
flyers feature a combination of typed and hand-drawn text all in blue
ink. They are on the same color paper as the poster on the wall behind
her, which shows a baby who looks a great deal like Betsy [Jimmy's sick
little sister]. The caption on the poster reads "To have and to
hold. Buy War Bonds."
poster features a cartoon Parrot and the caption: "Free Speech
doesn't mean Careless Talk."
the flyers in piles of twenty. Can you count that high, Jimmy?
the flyers stack up on the out tray, Jimmy takes the stack to a
worktable near the radiator where Victor is tinkering.
"Order Coal Now! Keep Warm Next Winter" poster hangs over the
radiator. Victor is watching curiously as Jimmy looks longingly up at
cane leans against the wall. He sits beside the radiator holding a knob
assembly in one hand and some piping in the other.
you a repairman?
a repairman?! I am the Merlin of the monkey wrench, the Svengali of the
juggles the two items for a moment. Jimmy giggles. Victor fumbles the
awkward items, but manages to catch them and set them down.
to see you helping with the war effort, son. We all have to do what we
can to win!
is a very good helper, Mr. Schneider.
looks disappointed, and gives another look at the coal poster. Again
Victor notes the boy's response.
stacks the war bond flyers into neat, even piles.
heart's in the right place. But sometimes it's better not to draw
attention to yourself. You could have waited until Marty put the lunch
sack down and then snitched it back when he wasn't looking.
I'd feel like a thief.
not stealing to take what's yours. Look -- you're a smart lad. Marty's
bigger and stronger than you are. You have to use your brains if you're
going to beat him.
mom Carol walks into the room.
Jimmy--what have you done? You've never been in a fight before, Honey.
was bullying Andy. Jimmy stopped him.
should have called a teacher, Sugar, not hit Marty. You can't afford to
be so hotheaded.
me, ma'am, but sounds to me like your son was defending the weak and
protecting the good, like a knight of old. Sometimes a man has to do
things that the womenfolk don't understand.
winks at Jimmy.
right where you are Jimmy. You can finish stacking those flyers before
the second bell.
and Emma converse quietly together, smiling frequently. Victor returns
to his repair job, limping badly.
way Carol and Emma are standing, Emma is close enough to hear what
Victor and Jimmy are saying, although she is involved in her own
conversation with Carol.
presses the center of the radiator valve handle, causing steam and water
to spray out with a hissing sound.
obvious you're not a fighter. This is no time of the year to be bad.
little sister's really sick. The doctor says we have to warm the house
up. We need coal for that.
you literally do want coal for Christmas.