Elizabeth Goswell's Dorm Room


Cliff College freshman Lizzie Goswell is sitting on her windowsill, her legs dangling outside, making her unofficial roommate, Maud Francis, extremely nervous. Maud is still lounging in the double bed that they've shared since Maud was forced to leave home after being beaten, yet again, by her father.

MAUD
Will you please come back to bed?

ELIZABETH
No.

MAUD
What's wrong? I can tell something's wrong.

ELIZABETH
I'm just thinking. Is it such a crime for a person to think?

MAUD
What are you thinking about?

ELIZABETH
I was reading Anais Nin's diary last night and there was this quote that just hit me right on the head. "What I consider my weaknesses are feminine traits: incapacity to destroy, ineffectualness in battle."

MAUD
Who do you want to do battle with?

Elizabeth doesn't answer.

MAUD
What happened last night, Lizzie?

Elizabeth swings her legs back into the room and climbs back into bed with Maud. She puts her arm around Maud tenderly and spoons into her back.

ELIZABETH
I found something out last night, Maudie. Something really frightening. But I can't share it with you. I can't tell anyone or something horrible is going to happen.

MAUD
I won't tell anyone, I swear.

ELIZABETH
I know you won't, but it involves someone else, and it might be hard for you to act natural around this person once you know. And if he senses that, he's going to know I told you. So this is something I need to deal with myself, okay? I can't let this get out of hand.

Maud doesn't like it, but she knows that Lizzie can be as hard-headed as Maud's father sometimes, only Lizzie doesn't smack her around. In fact, Lizzie treats her better than anyone ever has. Maud's still trying to get used to that -- being loved and respected. Human kindness in a relationship is something very foreign to Maud. It's something she treasures and never wants to lose. So she doesn't push the subject. If Lizzie wants to keep a secret, that's her business. As long as Maud can feel Lizzie's warmth against her skin and in her soul.