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Which version is which? 
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Post Which version is which?
So I have the old book of Rodgers and Hammerstein shows with all of the scripts from their shows in it...I was wondering about a particular scene of South Pacific...

My book has the scene as this:

NELLIE: Emile, they are yours!
EMILE: Yes, Nellie. I'm their father.
NELLIE: And-their mother...was a..was a...
EMILE: Polynesian. And she was beautiful, Nellie, and charming, too.
NELLIE: But you and she...
EMILE: I want you to know I have no apologies. I came here as a young man. I lived as I could.
NELLIE: Of course.
EMILE: But I have not been selfish. No woman ever hated me or tried to hurt me.
NELLIE: No woman could ever want to hurt you, Emile.


This is a version I've read online:

NELLIE: Emile, they are yours?
EMILE: Yes, Nellie. I am their father.
NELLIE: And their mother was, um, a...
EMILE: Polynesian.
NELLIE: Colored.
EMILE: She was darker than we are, yes, and she was beautiful, Nellie, and charming, too.
NELLIE: I'm sure I would've liked her, Emile, it's just you and she...
EMILE: Nellie, it is her color that upsets you!
NELLIE: Oh no, it's not that, of course not...
EMILE: I want you to know why I have no apologies! I came here as a young man, I lived as I could.
NELLIE: Emile, I'm not jealous! It's just such a shock to think of you with a...I mean, such a surprise...


I know it's only a slight difference, but I like the second one better. Do you know which one is used in the version that is licensed out from R&H theatricals?

Thanks!
-Jess


Fri Nov 21, 2008 12:17 pm
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the firstovne is the correct version. and i like it better than the 2nd anyway.

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