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The Man in Black
The man and woman are dueling – like pugilists!
His legs are in a funny position – he might fall down.
People are watching.
It could just be some kind of dance.
Lillian has done this kind of stuff before, working out her differences.
There’s no prize for the winner; just bragging rights.
Looks like he’s wearing a steel glove. He’s like John L. Sullivan, saying, “Gotcha, sucker!”
Judges are standing in the background; maybe they’re waiting their turn. The short guy in the back is saying, “They’re at it again!” He’s also the lady’s “second,” so he can take over if she can’t do it anymore.
They don’t look real mad. People in the back are watching the show.
Frank and Eddie see a bunch of faces – faces looking out of the woods above the bureau, a face on the statue in the corner, a clown face on the cabinet.
There’s the sound of birds, the fighters shuffling their shoes, and clanging instruments of the people in back.
There’s a sheet that they put up in the back so no one can see what they’re doing; they want to just fight it out privately.
But wait! Maybe they’re all on stage, and people in the audience are looking at them like we are. Maybe they’re rehearsing a play.
Then what happens? He falls down. Audience doesn’t know whether to give a thumbs up or a thumbs down. She decides…to help him up.