(ROADSHOW SCENE NO. 1)
Seems to be a first-rate engineer, sir.
You take a good look at his service record?
Yes, sir. Nothing but four-oh marks.
In everything but leadership. He's also had seven transfers
in eight years.
They both look down at Holman, leave the gratings, head to
EXT. FANTAIL - DAY
A coolie, SEW-SEW comes up to Holman and Frenchy. He carries
a narrow board with a set of strings hanging from it. It has
a big Chinese character in red at one end and smaller ones
in black above each cord peg.
This is Sew-Sew. He'll make your uniforms for you.
Sew-Sew starts to measure Holman. Each of the cords is used
to measure a part of the body -- arm, leg, chest. Sew-Sew
snips pieces of the cord if he finds them too long.
This befoh time belong P'tocki. Me tinkee you litee bit all
HOLMAN (to Frenchy)
The man you replaced. He died last winter in Changsha. Typhus.
(to Sew-Sew) He'll need shorts.
Sam Pebble any man no wanchee too much dunglee.
This man wanchee plenty dunglee. You makee all same.
(to Frenchy) I want to go below and check out the engine.
Get to know the plant.
Old Chien'll show you the works. He knows more about it than
Holman reacts sharply to this. The bugle blows. He looks
toward the gratings.
All hands repel boarders, starboard! Repel boarders, starboard!
44 EXT. MAIN DECK - DAY
The sailors all snap to it again. Holman looks to starboard
incredulously and sees:
45 EXT. PONTOON AND EMBANKMENT - DAY
Nothing but grinning and laughing coolies, clapping their
hands as they see the show starting.
46 EXT. MAIN DECK - DAY
Holman turns to Frenchy.
Who we s'posed to repel?
Franks is coming down from the gratings.
On the double, Holman. You man the hose in the waist party.
Frenchy runs to his station. Holman moves along with Franks.
I'm Franks, Chief Bos'un's Mate.
Holman nods blankly. They move toward the quarterdeck.
to Roadshow/Audience Test Scene Index