SCENE 1 – 1598 Via Borgo dei Vignali
(Marina holds candle up to read a sign.)
Universite de Padua. Galileo Galilei, Mathematician. (Accidentally blows out the flame.) Shit.
(She takes out a tinderbox, opens it. No Gregorian Chant. Tries to strike the flint. Looks like she might puke. Looks up for a nun on strings. None. A lamp in a second story window is lit.)
You again? Every night. Rats. Indigents. Star gazers. Where are you from? The Informoso Nazionale? (beat) What do you want from me?
Excuse me, sir, I want
A story? Make something up. You make it all up anyway. You’re not worth the paper you’re printed on.
/to know Something:
I have students here. Nobles. No paparazzi allowed.
Is there such a thing as a moving
Do you hear me?
Get away from my house.
(He takes off his boot and throws it at her. She ducks. He throws the second one at her.
And it’s professor, not sir. Now scram.
(He throws the lantern out the window. The flame shoots high in arc to the floor and goes out. It smashes. She puts on the boots and runs off.)
End Scene 1
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