A visitor approaches a woman, Anna, sitting on a porch at a resort, and the woman talks about how she's been waiting 40 years for a murder to occur, and has waited for years to see the murderer appear on stage. Anna points out a man, Roger, who pulls up in a car and gets out a wheelchair. An old woman, his mother, demands that he hurry up and get her out. Anna notes that every year has been the same, and wonders if this will be the year that Roger commits murder...Read the full recap
Based on the Ray Bradbury short story "Some Live Like Lazarus" also know as "Very Late in the Evening". This story was first published in Playboy (December 1960).
Roger recites "Bending the Bow," by Robert Duncan.
Anna: Oh, there you are. You want to hear about the murder, don't you? How I've waited for 40 years for it to happen. Hoping, as only a woman can hope. It should have happened sooner. It never did. Damn, it's a long way to death. But we've always had time. There was a time when all those chairs were full, and the people in them saw what I saw, but didn't notice. A long time ago, they saw the murderer, but didn't know that he was one. And I've sat in this theater waiting for the killer to appear on stage. There he is. A son. And their big funeral car, here for their annual Greenwood summer. And now watch this future murderer, this honorable son, reach into the funeral car and lug out the window dummy. That ancient sashay of bones and talcum powder dust that is named, surely as a joke, "Mother."