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Pierette, female, masked as the male Commedia character Pierrot, addresses the audience as she packs everything back up into the picnic basket.
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(She pauses, looks out at the audience, removes her mask and cap, and shakes out her hair. In her own voice at last)
Surprised? Well, so was I when I first put it on! But it’s not so bad, you know, pretending to be what you’re not. It’s better than when the mask is off and you still have to pretend you’re not who you are. At least I don’t have to wear my heart on my sleeve any more. I suppose you could say my troubles are over. When you have no one to love, you can get on with the rest of your life; you can do your work without distractions. When you’re a person in my position ...
(She picks up the picnic basket.)
... there is really only one thing worth depending on: The grateful applause of an appreciative audience ... and enough money so you can eat. No matter who or what you are. Thank you for your gracious attention.