Assassins

RATH
I’m in the bank. He’ll move now.

Outdoor café.
ELECTRA
I don’t see him. I –
Rath waits for a teller. Electra whispers in his ear.

ELECTRA
He’s here.
The owner brings a second espresso, steps away. Electra
downs it in a gulp as she watches Bain disappear between
a gap in the boarded-up, burned-out hotel.


ELECTRA
Scared.
He’s going in. He’s in the hotel.

RATH
Rath hears the fright in her voice.
That’s what we want. Try a decaf..

TELLER
Rath steps up to the TELLER.
May I help you, sir?

RATH
Yes. Could you check on a transfer for me?


The Teller returns with a BANK OFFICIAL. He carries a
printed receipt, wears a great big smile.

OFFICIAL
Senor. We have received your transfer.

RATH
I want to close this account.
Could you get the paperwork together?

OFFICIAL
Today? You wish to close the account today?

The smile fades.
OFFICIAL
How would you like the funds?

RATH
American currency.

BANK PRESIDENT
You’re aware, Senor, that there may be... a withdrawal fee?

RATH
Yes, I am.

PRESIDENT
This will take some time.

RATH
I have all day.

Hotel Paradiso.
BAIN
What are you doing in there?

The heat in the room makes it hard to even breathe.
There! A man walks out of the bank dressed like Rath.
Bain’s body snaps erect. Leveling the rifle, he sites
the man’s head
. He’s about to squeeze the trigger when
he realizes it’s not Rath
.


Relax, baby. Calmate...

Rath sits in a big, highback leather chair. Cool as a
cucumber
, he watches the traffic in the lobby. The big
clock reads 3:10
.

RATH
Talk to me.

ELECTRA
No sign of him. He’s just sitting up there, same as us.

RATH
No. I mean talk to me. Tell me some of that weird stuff you
know.

ELECTRA
You know the expression, ‘Mad as a hatter?’

RATH
Alice in Wonderland, right?

ELECTRA
Yeah, but it’s a real thing. Hat makers, hatters, they used
mercurous nitrate to make felt hats.
They’d absorb it through their skin and some of them
went insane. No one knew why at the time. As long as their hats fit.

RATH
Tell me another one.

ELECTRA
Coy.
Well, there’s ‘Mad as a March hare.’

RATH
What’s that, rabbit hat makers?

ELECTRA
Hares are bold, wild in March.
March is when they mate.
I think the correct term is ‘rutting.’
Wild rutting bull bunnies.


VOCABULARY:
Alice in Wonderland – “Alicja w Krainie Czarów”
to absorb it through their skin – wchłaniać przez skórę
bank official – urzędnik bankowy
bank presidentUS prezes banku
boarded-up – zabity deskami; zamknięty na głucho
[his] body snaps erect – gwałtownie się prostuje
bold – /daring/ śmiały, odważny; /cheeky/ zuchwały, bezczelny; /US naughty/ niegrzeczny
bunnies – króliczki
burned-out – zniszczony przez ogień
to check on a transfer – sprawdzić przelew
cool as a cucumber – zachowuje stoicki spokój
coy – /bashful/ wstydliwy
currency – waluta
decaf – bezkofeinowa
[she] downs it in a gulp – pije, głośno przełykając
felt hats – filcowe kapelusze
hat makers, hattersfor ladies modystka, for men kapelusznik
He’s about to squeeze the trigger when he realizes it’s not Rath – właśnie ma pociągnąć za spust, gdy zdaje sobie sprawę, że to nie Rath
I want to close this account – chcę zamknąć to konto
Leveling the rifle, he sites the man’s head – celując ze strzelby, namierza głowę mężczyzny
lobby – hol
to be as mad as a hatter – mieć bzika, oszaleć
to be as mad as a March hare – kompletenie oszaleć
to mateanimal parzyć się
mercurous nitrate – azotan rtęci
to rut – być w rui
teller – kasjer
The big clock reads 3:10 – duży zegar pokazuje 3:10
the smile fades – uśmiech blednie
This will take some time – to trochę potrwa
wears a great big smile – szeroko się uśmiecha
weird stuff – dziwaczne rzeczy
[they] went insane – oszaleli, postradali zmysły
[she] whispers in his ear – szepcze jemu do ucha
withdrawal fee – opłata za podjęcie pieniędzy z konta
you are aware that... – jest pan świadomy tego, że...


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