• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Stanhope's last stand

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

ACT 4 SCENE 1 Late evening after the attack. Two hospital beds sit side by side, a spotlight shining dimly on each one. The room is dingy and dark with boxes of equipment littered all around. Through the window the day's fading light shimmers down onto the beds in which the shadowy forms of two men can be seen. Candles on the table between them burn steadily in the stale and musty air. The two spotlights brighten slightly revealing Mason, sitting bolt upright staring at nothing, and Stanhope lying listless, eyes shut. Stanhope: [groans] Mason: [faintly] Sir - Stanhope: [groans louder] Mason: [loud and clear] Sir - Stanhope: [stammering with a hoarse voice] Ma- Ma-Mason? Mason: Yessir. It's me. Stanhope: Wh-where are we? Mason: Field 'ospital, sir. Stanhope: You mean - you mean it's all over? Mason: I think so sir. Stanhope: Oh. I, I ... Mason: I 'eard we did well, sir. Stanhope: I can't remember. I can't remember what happened ... Mason: I checked the fire, sir, like I said I would. Stanhope: [shocked] Oh, really? Mason: Yessir. I always keep my word. It's 'ow I ended up in 'ere. Going down those steps. Feeling the roar of a shell in my ear. The ground swallowing me up. Stanhope: I was at the top. Somewhere along the line, I... I'm not sure. It was so damn confusing. ...read more.

Middle

All of us in our trench were doing exactly the same! We all coped differently, but for the same reason- to get away from everything, to forget. Trotter 'ad his comfort food, Hibbert his illness, Osbourne his nonsense poems and, well, I 'ad my jobs. That's why I made such an effort to cook and clean, so it would be like 'ome, where I worked up at the big 'ouse. I didn't seem to get it right all the time, but it 'elped. Stanhope: [quietly] I...I'm sorry Mason. I didn't think- I was selfish. I'm so sorry. Mason: It's alright. I understand. Stanhope: I shouldn't have taken it all out on you. I'm so lucky to have anyone to talk to at all. I probably would have pulled the trigger if... if it wasn't for you. Mason: That's alright sir. That's what comradeship's all about. Stanhope: I - [He is interrupted by a Field Nurse in uniform coming bustling in. She is small with red cheeks and curly hair tied in neat bun. She is holding a piece of paper in her hand. She stops at the foot of Stanhope's bed.] Nurse: [politely] Good evening gentlemen. I have been told by the doctor to come and deliver this message to a Captain Stanhope? Stanhope: [nervously] Yes. That's me. Nurse: He wants me to tell you that you're heading for home tomorrow morning. ...read more.

Conclusion

Mason: [even fainter, spotlight fading] They want to be left sir. Stanhope: Rather then live to see England again? Mason: [almost to quiet to hear] They'd rather rest in peace sir. [The spotlight goes out finally leaving Mason in peaceful darkness. All is quiet for a minute. The faint whistle of a shell can be heard in the background, a few short bursts of rifle fire cutting through the silence. A few rays of moonlight shine through the window onto the end of Mason's bed.] Stanhope: [eventually speaking] It all seems so far away doesn't it Mason. Funny to think it was only this morning you were making tea for everyone, before the attack. How it tasted of onion as it always did - not that we minded you understand, it was still good and hot. [he pauses and sighs] You're a good man, Mason. I never said it enough. You are a good man. All these things we wish we had said to people. Like I should have said to Raleigh. But I'm saying it to you now Mason. You are a good man. In fact you are the real hero. [There is a pause. He yawns slowly] Thank God you are still with me. I'm not alone. You are such a comfort. I think I might actually sleep tonight Mason, for the first time in weeks! I've almost forgotten what it feels like. I apologise in advance if I wake you. [There is a pause]. Already asleep yourself, eh? Good man...such a good man... ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Composition section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Composition essays

  1. short storty 'LUCKY ESCAPE'

    "But what is a urine infection anyway?" After I took the blood test the agonizing wait for the results made my parents even more worried......I could over hear them arguing in the kitchen my mum was really paranoid "what if they find something" "they wont, now stop it your driving

  2. ENGA2 Production piece and analysis - Will the royal wedding be the monarchy's last ...

    Or, more likely, we'll allow ourselves to be bribed by the extra day off, forget all about storming the Bastille and come to associate said free day off with William and Kate, searing the idea that they're good people onto our brains forever.

  1. Queen Elizabeth II Christmas Message: A Parody

    Had it not been for my ever so vital role in the governing my kingdom, I fear the very fabric of our empire would have been torn to shreds by conceited anarchists.

  2. Memories of Evacuation during the Second World War.

    In particular, I remember the toilet facilities at Pentwyn House being totally inadequate for so many of us - they were filthy. Of considerable importance to us was the fact that we at last got rid of those dreadful school dinners, now being marched in two sittings to the local British Restaurant each day, which was a considerable improvement.

  1. Diary of war - Day 1 1916 December 1st.

    Ignorance combined with pure stupidity can be a dangerous asset to us humans. Day 23 Christmas draws near with thoughts of family and friends. What I would give to be at a fireplace watching the flames dance for me with warmth and comfort.

  2. Lone Wolf. He reached into a pocket. BANG! Goraz the ape man had ...

    "Hold on. You seem to have aged beyond your years. How is that possible?" Jonah was taken aback by Melchior's condition. "Well where to begin. Ahh yes. You see it was about three months ago..." *** Celeste sat at the bar, stirring her drink with her finger.

  1. The End.

    Michael faced the fact that he would have to again focus his attention to the grey. With a heavy sigh he began to take the grey back into his mind, and his soul. Michael became frantic as he began to search wildly for a source of color, some source of life, but his desperate search came up negative.

  2. Eyes ablaze with a raging fire, he stares at the woman he thought he ...

    ?Useless?Waste of space?Failure?? Her body shudders as she feels almost claustrophobic, trapped here in the corner of the kitchen; all view of her surroundings blocked by the face of her step dad, his face far too close to hers. Each day the same anger, the same shouting, the same fighting.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work