We see a older lady with a red "beanie" with two white flowers on her head, a brown
scarf atop a purple jacket and black and purple fingerless gloves. She is digging through a trash dumpster
about halfway down an alleyway. She discovers an
orange bag filled with some sort of items, perhaps socks.
She looks at the bag with wide and gleaming eyes. She looks like a kid in a candy shop as she examines the
bag. To her it is a rare treasure and she is willing to guard it with her life.
Elaine is walking towards the lady, hoping that she may know what happened to the man in the boots.
|Elaine's decision to seek the woman out is a psychological one. Woman,
especially in situations requiring companionship and safety, usually seek out the companionship of another woman.
A woman seeking a woman is less likely to encounter hastle versus a woman seeking a man. Women generally
congragate together for safety and friendship.|
|The lady is attaching the orange bag to an orange container, sitting in a
shopping cart that she is pushing. She is the stereotypical, textbook definition of a
|There is a homely looking white dove or pigeon in a small, black wire cage
sitting in the baby seat part of her shopping cart. It is likely to be her only friend or companion in life. It
might not be a bad thing, as Elaine has her cat, Stanley.|
Elaine more than likely feels bad for this lady, as Elaine is usually accustomed to a life of richness and
this woman is not. She more than likely hasn't had a decent meal or a hot shower in a long time. Elaine
feels bad for having to talk to her, but needs an answer to a burning question. The alley is
rather scary and gives a sense of dangerousness that a woman such as Elaine usually would never have to
experience. There is a gentleman wrapped in a green blanket, obviously trying to keep warm, and there are
other derelicts and vegabonds congragating in spurts throughout the course of the alleyway. The alley seems
to be familiar to the first alley Elaine looked down, the first time, with the style of the block on the walls
on the buildings on the right, and the outside staircase on the building on the left. The only difference
between the two is that this one seems to be a lot wider.
Elaine: Excuse me. I wonder if you could help me. I'm um,
I'm looking for someone.
The baglady gives Elaine a once over and seems startled that someone like Elaine wants to talk to someone like
her. She must be a cop... Or up to no good. Either way, this isn't Elaine's territory and the baglady
doesn't want to have anything to do with Elaine.
Bag Lady: Nah, I don't know anybody.
The baglady walks off, pushing her shopping cart of treasures. Elaine chooses not to follow the bag lady
- she wouldn't be of any help anyway - and stands there, in disbelief.
Bag Lady: I don't wanna know anybody!
|The baglady's comments are for comic relief. Comic relief is an important
dramatic element that allows the viewer to have a small period of temporary "relief" during a situation of
extreme suspense or convolution.|
Elaine notices a long haired gentleman starting to enter a door amidst the block wall.
Elaine: Excuse me, sir?
The gentleman doesn't know Elaine, and chooses not to acknowledge her. Sometimes that's the best thing when
living as the derelicts do. He enters the building without even a hint of care to see who might be
While this gentleman doesn't acknowledge Elaine, another man does. This one is listed in the credits as
"Pusher" and a pusher is defined as a person who sells illegal drugs, usually narcotics such as heroin or
morphine, or a person or thing that pushes something. He seems to think that Elaine is looking for something.
A professional looking woman like Elaine is more than likely seeking "recreational" drugs to help her cope
with a mundane and routine existance...
Pusher: Yo baby, what's up? What ya looking for?
Elaine turns around to see a man with black shirt, black pants, brown button-up jacket and white sneakers. "Oh shoot," she thinks. She has to get away from her, and find someone else to ask.
Pusher: Hey hey, now, look now, don't run off, sugar.
Elaine isn't looking for anything, and sure doesn't want to have anything to do with this man. He may wind up
doing things to Elaine that she doesn't want to happen, and doesn't want to be put in that spot. She starts
walking off, rather quickly.
Pusher: I got what you need. I'll get what you need!
Ah, whatya need!?
While the pusher's comments are also meant to provide comic relief, there is a bit of danger associated
with the encounter that doesn't help to make us feel any better. We feel a little worried for Elaine, and
hope that none of these people are going to try and hurt her.
As Elaine walks down the alleyway, she seeks out another person to talk to. Luckily she sees a lady dressed in
a nurses outfit, and talking to a little boy with a shower cap type of hat, and holding a yellow and
orange spotted tiger toy that appears to be plastic. The poor child appears like he could be sick, and has
been seeking out the Street Nurses advice, either for himself of for his mother. The nurse wears a white
button-up, non-collered shirt, dark blue jacket and pants, white "nurses" cap with blue trim, stethescope, and
small white nurses button. She carries a small black medical bag.
Elaine approaches the nurse:
Elaine: Excuse me, maybe you can help me.
The nurse is usually only used to talking with people of a lower class and seeing a person like Elaine, in a
place like a trashed-up alleyway, is completely unexpected, but she is willing to talk to her, but first she
must finish up with the little boy she was talking to first:
Street Nurse: You tell your momma I'll be there as soon as I
The little boy runs off, even though he looks a little saddened that he is going to have to wait to get
the nurses help for either him or his mother, but he knows the nurse will keep her word, and come to help his
and his mom in a little bit, hopefully as soon as she is done with Elaine.
Street Nurse: Yes? What is it?
A person like the Street Nurse who will take care of those less fortunate are a rare and special breed. We
sense the goodness possessed by this lady and feel a bond developing between not only us and the nurse, but
between the nurse and Elaine as well.
Elaine: I'm looking for somebody. I don't know his name but
I know he lives in an alley.
Street Nurse: Well, I know must of these people. Uh, what
does he look like?
Elaine perks up a little bit but feels a tad uncomfortable talking about it. She doesn't know anything about
him, she only knows about his footwear...
Elaine: He wears boots. Um... boots with silver toes.
As expected, the young street nurse who knows most of the people who reside in the more less fortunate and more
undesireable parts of town and does indeed know the man wearing the boots with the silver toes.
Street Nurse: Oh yeah. He was down here showing 'em off
She does know him! Elaine is ecstetic! Maybe now she can find the answer to whether she really did witness a
murder somewhere in the hotel, or whether or not it was just a hallucination caused by the stress of hitting
her head when the elevator came to a crashing halt.
Elaine: Well, who is he? I mean, Do you know his name?
Street Nurse: Peddler.
|A peddler is defined as a person who goes from place to place selling small
goods or a person who sells illegal drugs or stolen goods. While the pusher may have been a walking description
of the latter, "Peddler" is the textbook definition of the former.|
Street Nurse: Well, that's what they call him on the street.
He sells things. Trades... You know, mostly for a drink.
|On Closer Inspection...:|
|On a door behind Elaine, is appears to be written in white paint: KFC EMERG.
|Elaine remembers him standing in front of the store front window and begins
formulating a hypothesis on what might have happened - he is killing patrons of the hotel, somewhere in the
hotel, and is selling their clothing for money to buy liquor and cheap beer. Anything to catch a cheap
Elaine: Do you know where I can find him?
The nurse does know, but doesn't feel that a dainty and richier type of woman like Elaine should venture into
such a dreadful and dangerous place.
Street Nurse: Yes. But if I were you, I wouldn't go down there.
|The street nurse's comment is consise and ominous. It is a warning not to be
taken lightly. Elaine looks down, obviously pondering the potential reprocutions. She knows she doesn't need to
get involved in a dangerous, unknown character that could potentially do harm to her, but unfortunately, Elaine's
inquisitive nature kicks in and she plans on going anyway... Anything to find out the truth and put an end to
all of this madness... |
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