A Cup of Tea

A Cup of Tea
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  • How much for the box?
  • Save it for me!
  • 28 guineas.
  • Antiques!
  • Come to my house!
  • Do you have money for a cup of tea?
  • Have a seat. I'll get some tea and brandy!
  • I just wanted some tea...
  • Exposition: The story begins when the main character, Rosemary Fell, is antiquing and she discovers an interesting box. The story takes place mostly at Rosemary's house, but the beginning takes place at an antique shop. The other main characters, Miss Smith and Phillip, are introduced later in the story. 
  • Can I have a word with you?
  • She's poor. I'm helping her.
  • Sure.
  • Why is that girl in our house?
  • Conflict: After Rosemary leaves the shop, she encounters a young girl on the street begging for money. She approaches the young girl and tells her to come with her. The girl refuses, saying she just wants money for tea. Rosemary insists and the girl gives in and goes with her. 
  • Later
  • Rising Action: Rosemary takes the girl into her room and prepares some tea and brandy. The girl is hostile at first and doesn't realize that Rosemary means well. The two have a meal, which is interrupted by Phillip. The girl introduces herself as Miss Smith. 
  • The girl wont dine with us tonight. Oh! I saw a fascinating little box today. May I have it?
  • Of course. 
  • Climax: Phillip takes Rosemary to the library and questions her about Miss Smith. Rosemary says she means well and was just trying to help. Phillip says that she is mad and it can't be done. The conversation continues and Phillip remarks that Miss Smith is extremely pretty. Rosemary leaves, surprised Phillip would be so blunt. 
  • You're mad! You can't do that. Besides, she's awfully pretty for a poor person. Invite her to stay for dinner. 
  • Falling Action: Rosemary goes to her writing room and thinks about what Phillip told her. She prepares to write a check to Miss Smith. She returns to her room and dismisses her with the money. 
  • Resolution: Later that evening, Rosemary goes to the library to talk with Phillip. she tells him she let Miss Smith leave. Rosemary reflects on what he said earlier: that Miss Smith was astonishingly pretty. She asks Phillip if he thinks she is pretty. 
  • Phillip, do you think I'm pretty?
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