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by David Henry Hwang (based on the book by A. S. Byatt)

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POSSESSION

writtnby
DAVIDHeNRYHWAN

Basdonthbookby
A.S.BYATT

Fbrary6991
earlyProdctionDraft

FOR eDCATIONAL
PRPOSeS ONLY

OPeNONBLACK

OPSSONeSSI

AWOMAN'SVOICespaks,softly,whispring:

CHRISTABeL(V.O).
`Thrwasoncalittltailor,a
goodandnrmarkablman,
jornyingthroghaforst.Andas
hadvancdintothdark...

SLOWFADePTO:

eXT.FAIRYTALeFOReST-DAY/NI HT

Moonlight.Amagicalforstoftrs.Diamondshardsof
bllightonwrinkld,wormyroots.Ovrthmossygors,
stps--

AlittlTAILOR,withscissors,ndlsandthradhanging
fromhisblt.Aglasskyrondhisnck.Andatall,
gryhondbsidhim.Hssahad--

Agiantston,whracrackopnsp.ThTailorprs
insid.Andsqzsdowninsidadarktnnl.Which
ladsotinto--

INT.STONeCHAMBeR-DAY/NI HT

Ashimmringhallofphosphorscntlight.ThTailorss
atallglassdom;andashiningglasscoffin,onavlvt
pall,srronddbymothsandbttrflis.

ThTailorprsinsidthglassdom,ss--

Aminiatrcastl,withwindowsandbattlmnts.

FROMPOV-INSIDe LASSCOFFIN

ThTailorprsin,tos:aslpingPRINCeSS,hr
brathrfflinghrgoldnhair.Inhrhands:abox,lik
agrnicgg.

BACKTOSCeNe

ThTailor--takshisglassky,slipsitintothlock.

(CONTINeD)

CONTINeD:

CHRISTABeL(V.O).
`...Andthlittltailorthoght
tobndandkisshrprfctchk,
bcashknwthiswaswhath
mstdo..'.

AndkisssthPrincss.Shopnshrys,fllof
wondr.

PRINCeSS
YomstbthonIhavbn
waitingfor.Yomstbth
princ.

TAILOR
No,yoarmistakn.Iama
tailor.Insarchofworktokp
maliv.

ThPrincsslaghs.AndthsondofhrlaghtrSHATTeRS
th LASSCOFFINintosplintrs.Andonthbox,CLOSeIN
and--

ReVeReND(V.O.)
`...Iamthrsrrctionandth
lif,'saidJss.`Hthat
blivthinm,thoghhwr
dad,ytshallhliv'...

SLOWFADePTOasilvryBLACKANDWHITe--

eXT.CeMeTeRY(LONDON-)DAY888)(1

Thboxlisinthhandsofawidow,MRS.eLLeNASH,in
frontofamasolm.It'sadrippingNovmbrday,snlow
inthsky.

ellnliftsbackhrviltokissthbox.Whichshplacs
insid--awroghtironvalt.Itsdoorsclos.

ReVeReND
LtthbodyandsolofRandolph
HnryAshliintrnalpac,
morndbyhissorrowingwidow
elln...

PLLBACKtosellnandmornrs,mninblackhatsand
cloaksliksilk-cladravnsrondanegyptian-stylvaltd
tomb.ellnfocssonthboxbhindamtalgrill.HOLD
ON--thbox.

Asbfororys,thboxandtombrapidly--

(CONTINeD)

CONTINeD:

Agahndrdyars.Rosswithranddi.Moss,wds,
lavs,briars,tndrilsofndrgrowthpshandcoil'rond
thgrill.

ReVeReND(V.O).
...honordnotonlybythosofth
yaroforLord,1888btbyallof
tim...

Andasawindblowslavs,FADePTO--

eXT.LONDONSTReeTS(BLOOMSBRY-)DAY(PReSeNT)

Thspinningwhlofabicycl.Thspoksblrin
aconstantmotion,givinganillsionofstillnss.
As--

SddnlyVIVIDCOLORandSHRIeKofCARHORNS--

Ayongmanwavsprilosly'rondawormoftraffic.In
anorakandcyclclips,ROLANDMICHeLL,thirtyish,dodgs
downbackstrts,cttingthroghinto--

eXT.BRITISHMSeM-DAY

Rolandwhlshisbicycltoshds,rmovshisclips.
Obliviostohistrosrssplashdbymd.Hnpackshis
bicyclpannirs.Hadsthroghasidntrancinto --

INT.BRITISHMSeM-DAY

Rolandwalksdownalongcorridor,ladingthroghtoan
eCHOIN domdhall.HbyaapapssTfoytraReHCAend
school-kidsinfrontofastatofanminntVictorian:
RandolphHnryAsh.

CLOSeP-STATe

RolandstarsfondlypatthstrnfatrsofAshgazing
liflsslyotovrthkids'bordfacs.

BACKTOSCeNe

TeACHeR
...Pot,philosophr,natralist,
statsman,RandolphHnryAshwas
onoformostminntlitrary
hros...
(MORe)

(CONTINeD)

CONTINeD:

TeACHeR(CONT'D)
...whosfamoslovpomstohis
wifellnaramongthmost
gloriosjwlsoforlitrary
hritag.FromthVictorianag,
onlyBrowningandTnnyson--
(tonrlykids)
Payattntion,Kyli--

WhostaramsdlyatRoland'snrdyapparanc,cycling
hlmtstillon.Hslipsnnoticddownasidstair-wll,
ntring--

INT.BRITISHMSeMBASeMeNT-ASHFACTORY-DAY

Throghadoormarkd,"AshInstitt:DirctorProfssor
JamsBlackaddr."ThisistnmsabA":rytoacFsh"Ath
ofcorridors,ininstittionalgrot.Striplighting,
plingpaint-work.

PAOLA,afifty-somthingscrtarywithmoth-likglasss,
glancspatRoland.

PAOLA
'Morning,Roland.Blackaddr'sina
panic.MortimrCropprhaslandd.

ROLAND
Oh, od.DidBlackaddrfinishmy
rfrnc?Iaskdhimwksago.

PAOLA
Irminddhim.Btyoknowwhat
h'slikwhnCroppr'sintown.

ROLAND
ImsttalktoBlackaddr.Hknows
sinchgavthatjobtoFrgs...

Accidnt?

PAOLA

Noticshisrindtrosrs,onhrwaytothphotocopir.

ROLAND
(hadn'tnoticdbfor)
Oh...mybicycl,Isppos.

(CONTINeD)

CONTINeD:

Rolandptsdownhispannirs,sqzspastPaolaintoth
pantry.Hflicksonthkttl.Looksforhiscoffmg.

ROLAND
...Who'sbnsingmymg?

Ashnscrwsthcoffjar,waitingforthkttlto
boil,htrnstosatthdoor,agry-hairdwoman,
staringathim.

BeATRICe
Ifyohavamint,Roland...

ThisisDr.BeATRICeNeST,doynnofellnAshstdisand
KprofthAshMsm,anccntricspinstrishscholar.

ROLAND
Actally,Batric,Iwasabotto
gtstartdonthosAsh
footnots --

BeATRICe
It'simportant.It'sabotelln...

Ominossilnc.RolandrgistrsBatric'sinsistnc.
Shdisapparsdownthhall.Rolandhastofollowhrinto
--

INT.MSeM-ASHFACTORY-BeATRICe'SROOM-DAY

Amstycavrnofcardboardboxsandyllowingpaprs.
Bhindthm,almostbrickdin,sitsBatric.Whoflingsa
lttrovrtoRoland.

BeATRICe
Ican'tbarit.Anothrlttr
fromthatimpossiblwoman,Lonora
Strn.Shwantsapicfromm
forsomghastlynwjornalabot
ellnAsh'ssxalrlations--

ROLAND
With...Ash?

BeATRICe
Withanyon.Thiswoman'sobsssd
withsx.

(CONTINeD)

CONTINeD:

ROLAND
Yoprotctellnfromqstionabl
sitors,Batric.I'valways
admirdthat.

BeATRICe
ellnwasafaithflwif.AndI'm
faithfltohr.Shnds
protction.I'mthonlyonnow
whocars...

NOISeSinthcorridor.Twoacadmicspokthirnossin.
On,hisrival,atrndyyonglctrr,FeR SWOLF;th
othr,ablffldrlyScottishprofssor,JAMeSBLACKADDeR,
Roland'sboss.

FeR S
Hi,Roland.Stillhr?

ROLAND
Frgs...
(bat)
Congratlationsonyor
appointmnt...

Downcast,Rolandshrinksbackindfat.Blackaddr
blstrsin.

BLACKADDeR
Ah,Roland...Iwantyoatth
LondonLibrary.Comalong,
Croppr'sintownforthaction...

BlackaddrwhisksRolandotfromthroom.

INT.MSeM-ASHFACTORYCORRIDORS-DAY

ThywalkdownthcorridorwithFrgs,Blackaddrptting
onhiscoat.

ROLAND
IflsorryforpoorBatric.
evnthfministshathrnowfor
championingadllwif--

BLACKADDeR
(xaspratd)
BatricNstandhrbloodylttrs
ofellnAsharcompltly
irrlvanttomodrnscholarship.
(MORe)

(CONTINeD)

CONTINeD:

BLACKADDeR(CONT'D)
Sh'swastdtwnty-fivyars
lookingpvryrcipfor
goosbrryjamandjantto
Broadstairs.That'swhatIgtfor
hiringaPh.Dfrom...
(canbarlysayit)
...Nw aland.

FeR S
Tholdwitch.Sh'sthbst
kprofthAshMsmyo'llfind
-

BLACKADDeR
Ys.Likelln,Batricisbst
bhindclosddoors...

BlackaddrandFrgsswoopoff.Rolandwatchsthmgo,
trns'rondtos--Batricscrrybackintohrroom
likacrab.Obvioslyovrhardthircommnts.Roland
sighs--

eXT.LONDONSTReeTS(PICCADILLY)-DAY

CTTO:

Thspinningwhl.Onhisbicycl,withhispannirsand
clips,Rolandswrvsthroghnoisytraffic,hadingfor--

eXT.LONDONLIBRARY(ST.JAMeS'SSQARe-)DAY(PReSeNT)

AnlgantLondonsqar.Rolandcyclsinaslavsblow
fromatalltrtowardsavastVictorianlibrary,whr
popllavbystonstps,armflsofbooks.AsRoland
parkshisbik--

SomLeAVeSfloataway,tmbltowardsaskylightonth
libraryroofTAPPIN likbirdstryingtontr,as--

INT.LONDONLIBRARY-HALL-DAY

Rolandntrsthshabbyhall.Bspctacldscholars
shfflarondinasilnthm.Rolandsmssddnly"at
hom".Allarondhim,wastdliftimsdvotdtobooks...

INT.LONDONLIBRARY-STACKS-DAY

Rolandnavigatslikamolaccstomdtothdarkthrogh
amazofmtalshlvs.Hiddnstairsandtinycorridors
likaPiransiprison,bookspildhigh:dark,dsty,
infinit...

Rolandsmstoknowhisway,vninthdark...

INT.LONDONLIBRARY-BASeMeNT-RAReBOOKSDePARTMeNT-
DAY

ig-zaggingthroghalabyrinthofbooks,Rolandmrgs
downinthbasmnt.Hknocksatadoormarkd"Rar
Books."5Norply,sohntrs--

Amstyroomlikapharaoh'stomb,ahighwindowcasting
lightintoacllofvllmandlathr.Rolandptsfils
down.

ROLAND
Mynam'sDr.Michll,Roland
Michll.YohavacopyofDonn's
potryform.An5881dition.

Apbbl-glassdLIBRARIANmrgs,crookdashistottring
pilsofbooks.Slightlydaf,htakshistim.

LIBRARIAN
YoordrditthroghProfssor
BlackaddrovratthAsh
Institt?

ROLAND
Corrct.I'mworkingonth
CompltWorksditionwithhim.

LIBRARIAN
Ididn'tknowAshwasanadmirrof
Donn?

ROLAND
HqotdonofDonn'spomson
hisdathbd.I'mchcking
rfrncsinthNintnthCntry
ditions...jsttobsr.

ThLibrarianfindsRoland'sbook,bondwithtap.H
wipsawayblackdst,handsitovr.Rolandsitsdown,
crackspagsapart.

(CONTINeD)

CONTINeD:

LIBRARIAN
Dosn'tlooklikit'sbntochd
forawhil.I'llchck...

Flickingthrogh,Rolandssnotsscrawldinthmargins.

CLOSeP-HANDWRITIN

BACKTOSCeNe

Itintrigshim.

ROLAND
Somon'sscrawldnotsallovr
thmargins.

LIBRARIAN
Hm...?Wll...it'snvrbn
calldfor,asfarasIknow...
(chcksfilcards,as
Rolandrads)
Odd...Accordingtoorrcords,
thisditionwasbqathdtosby
Ash'swidow,elln.

ROLAND
YomanthiscopyblongdtoAsh
himslf?Somonmsthav
consltditbfornow.

LIBRARIAN
Smsitwaslostinorfiling
systm...

Intrigd,Rolandgosbacktocttinglavs.Withgrat
dlicacyhctsopnastofpags,sddnlytwoold
lttrsfalltothfloor.Rolandbndsdowntopickthm
p--

LIBRARIAN
(ramblingon)
`...DvilandDmonology,Dogs,
DomsticSrvantsand...Donn'...
(bat)
Yocanlosanythinginhr.I
fondastoffalstthonc...

Rolandisn'tlistning.Dazzldbyathinshaftof
snlight,Rolandstartstorad.OnyllowingPAPeR,a
sondofaPeNSCRATCHIN .

(CONTINeD)