The Man is being shown a room by The Landlady, insisting that he must have quiet and privacy--and a lock on his closet door. He is staggered by the rent of $100 a day, but then, as The Landlady says, rent is high, and don't we always have to pay more than we expect to? The Man is then visited by The Houseman, who comes to install the closet lock, and to pry into the reasons for it, to learn what it is The Man must hide away so anxiously. When he is at last alone, The Man wearily prepares for bed, but opening a bureau drawer to get his pajamas he finds, instead, the small, cold body of a dead child. He frantically summons The Landlady, who disclaims any knowledge of who the child is or how it got there, and can only suggest that it might eventually disappear. Deeply disturbed by the sight of this poor innocent who should have lived but was somehow robbed of this chance, The Man resolves to go, knowing that the rest and release he seeks will be forever denied him. The Houseman will take care of the body--but when The Man is gone and the drawer is opened there is only a pair of pajamas inside. Will The Man ever know to whose crime he was witness? Isn't it better if he never finds out, suggests The Houseman. Of course, replies The Landlady-- for who wants to know the truth, or has the courage to accept all that it may mean?
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|Total Characters: ||3|
|Male Characters: ||2|
|Female Characters: ||1|
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|Publisher: ||Dramatists Play Service|
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