excerpt from Kindness
a one-act play
by Kathleen Thompson
PEGGY: What'd Mary die of, do you know?
GAIL: Don't you?
PEGGY: How would I know? I wasn't here.
LIDDY: It was the strangest thing.
GAIL: It was.
LIDDY: I'd never heard of anything like it, had you, Gail?
PEGGY: What was it?
GAIL: Well, you know how she had the sugar diabetes. Runs in her family.
LIDDY: I guess it runs in everybody's family. Everybody that has it.
GAIL: Well, Mary had it.
LIDDY: And there was so much she couldn't eat.
GAIL: She couldn't eat hardly anything.
LIDDY: So when she found something she could eat that she liked, she just ate it and ate it. Well, you can understand.
GAIL: That's what happened with the cole slaw.
LIDDY: She found out she could eat cole slaw and she just started eating gallons of it. She ate it all the time.
GAIL: It seems like you'd know it wasn't good to eat that much cole slaw.
LIDDY: It doesn't look like there'd be anything wrong with it, Gail. It has good ingredients.
GAIL: But if you eat that much of it.
LIDDY: She started hemorrhaging.
GAIL: Cut up her insides just like it was knives, that cabbage. You know how sharp cabbage can be.
LIDDY: She bled to death internally.
PEGGY: That's almost unbelievable.
GAIL: Well, you can believe it.