SCENE TO "THESE, OUR CHILDREN"

ORTOLANA
We are blessed.

PICA
There is a light about her. Everyone says so.

ORTOLANA
Her father has heard such things from suitors. It makes him impatient.

PICA
She is of marrying age.

ORTOLANA
Don't say so when Oare can hear you!

PICA
What? Is she not interested in anyone?

ORTOLANA
Not in anyone influencing her interests.

PICA
(AMUSED)
I see. And I guess her father doesn't appreciate her independence?

ORTOLANA
Clare's opinions are as strong as his.

PICA
But almost never the same?

MUSIC UP:
"THESE, OUR CHILDREN"

PICA
It's the way of life, I suppose.

ORTOLANA
We can be grateful for help from the saints.

PICA
The listen to us, at least.

ORTOLANA
Unlike, husbands?

PICA
Who tend to see themselves as saints?

ORTOLANA
So it seems. Perhaps they mean to spare us from pilgrimages.

PICA
Instead they bring such worries.

ORTOLANA
Always the same -- property and position. And now the churches are closed.

PICA
We'll continue praying.