RUTH     3'2m0f Boaz negotiates for the hand of Ruth

(both men have Bronx accents)

BOAZ ---- (enters, strolls across stage)

MURRAY -- (follows) Morning, Boaz.

BOAZ ---- (stops, turns) Morning, Murray. 

MURRAY -- So, who was that shicksa I saw you with last night?

BOAZ ---- Oh, her? She's a foreigner. You wouldn't be 

MURRAY -- Oh, but I would be interested, Boaz. She was 
gorgeous. That girl had more curves than a mountain road.

BOAZ ---- She's from Moab, Murray. You know the Moabites. 
They're all pagans.

MURRAY -- I wasn't exactly thinking of worshiping her gods, 
Boaz. If you know what I mean. (nudges)

BOAZ ---- She's a mama's girl, Murray. You marry the girl, you 
marry the mother.

MURRAY -- For a girl like that, I'd marry the grandmother too. 
So, what's her name?

BOAZ ---- Her name is Ruth.

MURRAY -- So, tell me more.

BOAZ ---- What's to tell?

MURRAY -- You're awfully tight-lipped about this girl, Boaz. I 
know you're sweet on her. She slept at your feet last night on 
the threshing floor. When a woman warms your feet, Boaz, it 
means she wants to warm your heart. So, tell me more.

BOAZ ---- She's living with her mother-in-law, Naomi.

MURRAY -- Naomi? Elimalech's wife?

BOAZ ---- Yes.

MURRAY -- He's back from Moab?

BOAZ ---- No. He died in Moab.

MURRAY -- So, Naomi's boys married Moabite women?

BOAZ ---- Yes, uh huh. But all her sons died in Moab too.

MURRAY -- Boaz, you sly dog.

BOAZ ---- What.

MURRAY -- No wonder you were so tight-lipped about her. Ruth is 
a relative of mine by marriage. That make me Ruth's kinsman 

BOAZ ---- Yes, I suppose it does.

MURRAY -- What were you going to do, try to marry Ruth without 
giving me first dibs on her?

BOAZ ---- Why, no, I...

MURRAY -- You sly dog. You knew I had first dibs on her.

BOAZ ---- Yes, I suppose you do. So, do you want to marry her?

MURRAY -- Yes, of course I want to marry little Ruthy.

BOAZ ---- There might be one little problem where you're 
concerned, Murray.

MURRAY -- Yeah, what's that?

BOAZ ---- She doesn't have any children by her dead husband.

MURRAY -- Yeah, so?

BOAZ ---- So what about your estate?

MURRAY -- My estate? What about my estate?

BOAZ ---- As her kinsman-redeemer, if you marry her and she has 
children, they inherit some of your estate.

MURRAY -- That happens whether I'm her kinsman or not. And by 
the time we're through, Boaz, I figure little Ruthy and I will 
have 8 or 10 little inheriters running around the house.

BOAZ ---- Yes, but as her kinsman redeemer, when she has babies, 
they will inherit the name of their dead father, according to 
the law.

MURRAY -- You mean, legally they're his kids, but they inherit 
my money? That's not fair.

BOAZ ---- Yes, but it's the law.

MURRAY -- On second thought, I'm not sure I like brunettes with 
gorgeous faces and nice figures. That could be distracting. 
Looks are way overrated.

BOAZ ---- So, you're not interested in Ruth?

MURRAY -- Interested? Yes. Serious? No. 

BOAZ ---- So, you wouldn't mind if I married her?

MURRAY -- No. She's yours. (shakes hands) Take her off my hands 
with my congratulations, Boaz.

BOAZ ---- Thank you, Murray.

MURRAy -- Actually, now that I think of it, I don't know what 
good can possibly come from marrying a Moabite woman?

BOAZ ---- (exiting) The messiah perhaps?

MURRAY -- (laughs, exiting) The messiah. Boaz, you're such a 

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