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54     INT. HOLIDAY RESIDENCE SULTAN. ENTRANCE HALL            54

 

               This time Salma quickly slips away and is the first at the

               door, she opens the door. It's Elsie.

 

                                   SALMA

                         Come in.

 

               Salma steps aside to let her in. Elsie slowly enters.

 

                                   ELSIE

                         I'm looking for

                         Tariq. Doe he live here?

 

               Salma nods and gestures her to follow. Tariq jumps.

 

                                   TARIQ

                         Elsie!

 

               He freezes. Elsie doesn't

               quite understand where she is. Tariq flinches when he sees the

               STAFF and the elephant being pushed out the back door. He grabs

               her hand and pulls her with him and throws a 'sort this out'

               look at Jeeves. They walk into in a small side room.

               Elsie looks around.

 

                                   ELSIE

                         Where are we?

 

                                   TARIQ

                         This is my families house.

 

                                   ELSIE

                         Who was the lady who opened the

                         door?

 

               She gets up and wanders around. Tariq stands up. He is

               sweating.

 

                                   ELSIE (CONT'D)

                         You have a lot of rooms.. are they

                         bedrooms?!

 

                                   TARIQ

                         Well I like space. You know when

                         you are cramped..

                             (remembers her small flat)

 

               Elsie throws him a glance, picks up toy.

 

                                   ELSIE

                         Where is the boy?

 

               She keeps walking.

 

                                   TARIQ

                             (plucking up courage)

                         Elsie,

 

               Noise grows louder at the back door. Aisha

               screams. Elsie walks through the courtyard to the back door.

               It's heavy, she pulls hard whilst Jeeves watches on.

 

 

 

               3 VERY UNIMPRESSED WIVES AND 1 ELEPHANT.

 

               Wives, staff, child, monkey with luggage stumble

               back in. Chaos ensues....

 

                                   AISHA

                         Who is she? Who is this?

 

                                   YARA

                         Darling? Jeeves?

                         Will you explain.

 

                                   AISHA

                             (to tariq)

                         Why am I thrown out of my own

                         house?

                             (to elsie)

                         Who's this?

 

               Tariq pulls Elsie into the side room. Chaos continues in

               courtyard.

 

               Jeeves and Yara talk in background.

 

 

 

        55     INT. HOLIDAY RESIDENCE SULTAN TEA ROOM                  55

 

                                   YARA

                             (walks in)

                         Hello, Would you like some tea?

                         Let's sit down.

 

               She sits, Elsie hesitates. Tariq hovers.

 

                                   AISHA

                             (to Tariq)

                         I will tell my father. Who is she?

                             (looks at elsie)

                         What are you doing here?

 

                                   ELSIE

                         I...

 

                                   AISHA

                         You can't speak?

                             (to tariq)

                         I don't like surprises...

 

                                   ELSIE

                         You don't?!

                             (to Aisha whilst looking

                              at tariq)

                         How many wives does your husband

                         have!

 

                                   YARA

                         Sit down dear.

                             (hands her tea.)

                             (to everyone)

                         Let's calm down now.

                         Everyone sit.

 

               Aisha storms out shouting.

 

                                   YARA (CONT'D)

                             (to elsie softly) She is a

                              caged bird.

 

               Yara calls for tea. Salma sits with them and smiles quietly

               at Elsie. Elsie sits and looks bemused at Tariq.

 

                                   ELSIE

                             (to tariq) Tea?

 

 

                                   TARIQ

                         Elsie, I'm...

 

                                   YARA

                             (interrupts) Where are you

                              from? Are you

                              Scandinavian? I have

                              never been. But Jeeves

                              here is from England.

 

                                   TARIQ

                         Sorry..

 

                                   ELSIE

                              Yes I am.

                              It's my first time in

                              Marrakesh. You should

                              come visit sometime.

 

               They chat. Tariq sits down. More tea.

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