Marvin is a troubled man with a dark past and in this scene discusses the contract to end his life. From the one-act eplay, Mailbox Marvin.
MAILBOX MARVIN: Have you seen my garden?
DR. PAULSON: It’s lovely.
MAILBOX MARVIN: Yes, I know.
DR. PAULSON: Your mother seemed quite well.
MAILBOX MARVIN: Did she? Oh good, that’s good. Old hag.
DR. PAULSON: Be nice.
MAILBOX MARVIN: What can I say Doctor, you bring out the best in me.
DR. PAULSON: No need for that.
MAILBOX MARVIN: Forgive me.
DR. PAULSON: Do you remember why I’m here?
MAILBOX MARVIN: …I do.
DR. PAULSON: Excellent.
MAILBOX MARVIN: I feel good about it.
DR. PAULSON: Yes?
MAILBOX MARVIN: One less lunatic in the world.
DR. PAULSON: It’s not that you haven’t tried.
MAILBOX MARVIN: I know. I have no complaints. It was fun while it lasted.
DR. PAULSON: Good. Acceptance. That is everything.
MAILBOX MARVIN: I appreciate you baring witness.
DR. PAULSON: Hmmm.
MAILBOX MARVIN: I wish to be set in my garden, my ashes scattered about.
DR. PAULSON: All agreed.
MAILBOX MARVIN: Then it’s time.
DR. PAULSON: I came to tell you that I won’t be here. I’m leaving but I wished to say goodbye.
MAILBOX MARVIN: Leaving?
DR. PAULSON: Yes.
MAILBOX MARVIN: You can’t leave! You agreed to stay, to see it through!
DR. PAULSON: We’ve spent so much time together Marvin. I’ve analyzed every aspect of your brain function. Studied your behavior, observed all our personalities. There are some things science cannot understand, or perhaps I should say, there are things humans can’t understand. It’s all there. All the facts. All the meaning. It’s a matter of perception and comprehension, isn’t it? And you are beyond such…therefore, things need to be accepted as they are, forgotten as they are because no good can ever come out of frustration…you know that better than anyone. Even if we did figure you out, who knows if that would truly benefit humanity. Maybe you would unlock a key that would make things even worse and that knowledge goes into the hands of someone wrongfully powerful…what then? Would it be my fault for such discovery? Hmm. You’ve made me rethink my motives as your doctor, that’s for sure. Don’t know where I will go from here, but at least we know you are parting into the great unknown. There is relief in that. Wouldn’t you say? You can’t expect me to watch you die…
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In this one-act eplay, Mailbox Marvin recounts some of his wild tales to his Doctor before having agreed to his death contract. 1 Woman, 1 Man. Drama Sci-Fi.
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