As the lights come up, we see a woman trying on a ring in a jewelry store and talking to the clerk. Oh, it’s absolutely stunning! I’ve never seen anything quite like it. Now, you say it’s a one-of-a-kind? George won’t let me buy anything that’s mass produced. He has a thing that way. So, how many karats are the diamonds? Lovely. Inspecting the ring. Oh yes, yes. I see exactly what you mean. I’ll probably pay cash for it. Of course, I can’t buy it today. I want George to see it first and he has a big meeting this afternoon. Too bad. I would have liked to wear it to dinner tonight. It’s our anniversary. Begins to remove the ring, but can’t get it off her finger. Oh, dear. It appears to be stuck. My hands always swell in the summer. I’m sure I can get it off. It’s no problem. She tries licking her knuckle. It still won’t budge. Smiling weakly. Maybe I should get it after all. Do you accept Visa? I’m sure George will approve. She pales when she hears the price. $42,000.00! Again, she tries to remove the ring. Look, I don’t know anything about points or karats or stone imperfections. All I know is my credit limit only goes up to $3,000.00. George is gonna freak! For that kind of money, we could buy a house where we come from. Forget the house. We could buy the whole trailer park!
Big meeting? Oh, yeah. Well actually, it’s more of an appointment he has. He’s got this corn on the bottom of his foot and we came into the city to see a chiropodist who’s removing it today. We’re staying at the Howard Johnson’s and driving back in the morning. I came along on accounta’ George’s foot’ll probably be sore and he might not be able to drive on the way home. Besides, I’ve never been in the big city before and I thought I’d see the sights.....
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- Written by: Joyce Storey