Thursday, August 18, 2016
ghost in your wife's mind
In Gaslight, after the CAMERA drifts over to reveal Brian Cameron in the doorway and he says, "Was I any part of this curious dream of yours, Mrs. Anton?" Gregory Anton freezes in place for a moment, then turns to look; as he recognizes and recalls Cameron, his expression turns baleful: "You!"
CAMERON (to Paula) -- Perhaps my presence here might help you to recall it.
GREGORY ANTON (his eyes bright and indignant) -- Who the devil are you?
CAMERON: Apparently a mere figment of your wife's imagination.
GREGORY: How did you get into this house?
CAMERON: Through the skylight, like you... (he holds up the jeweled stage gown a moment, then drops it in the hall and walks into the room as he continues speaking) -- "and down these stairs. You made it very easy."
Cameron stands before Gregory Anton, so they are face-to-face.
GREGORY: Will you tell me what you're doing here?
CAMERON: Mrs. Anton, don't you think you'd better go to bed? You must be very tired.
GREGORY: Don't you think you'd better explain your business, sir?
CAMERON: As a mere figment, as a mere ghost existing in your wife's mind...I could hardly be said to have any business.
GREGORY: Paula, go to your room -- please, Paula.
Anton takes Paula's hand and walks with her out the door of the study, down the hall. She goes into her room, and as he's closing the door behind her, a moving shadow on the wall shows him (and the audience) that Cameron is following behind him.
Outside Paula's door, Anton turns around to face Cameron, in the semi-dark.
CAMERON: So you found them after all.
GREGORY: I was right about you. I knew from the moment I saw you that you were dangerous to me.
CAMERON: I knew from the first moment I saw you that you were dangerous to her.
GREGORY: I should have followed my instinct about you, as you followed yours.
CAMERON: I thought she was Alice Alquist come back to life. I didn't know, then, that she was walking with -- (he steps forward, closer to Anton) -- Sergis Bauer.