Felicitys Spring(Episode 3.05)
Executive Producer Frank Price
The Virginian returns to Medicine Bow from a business trip, expecting to find Steve waiting for him at the station. Instead, he finds the ranch hands are all at a dancing class given by the pretty new schoolteacher. When she offers him a lesson, he tells her No, thanks, I already know how to waltz. When she invites him to demonstrate, she discovers he was telling the truth, and expresses her pleasant surprise.
Not dancin? the Southerner inquired.
Dont know how.
Better persuade the schoolmarm to learn yu. Shes goin to give me instruction.
...Im not waltzin with her, blurted Mr. McLean, grievously. She called me an exception.
Waltzin, repeated the Virginian quickly, and hearing the fiddles he hastened away.
Few in the Bear Creek Country could waltz, and with these few it was mostly an unsteered and ponderous exhibition; therefore was the Southerner bent upon profiting by his skill. He entered the room, and his lady saw him come where she sat alone for the moment, and her thoughts grew a little hurried.
As we fall asleep at night, our thoughts will often ramble back and forth between the two worlds.
What color were his eyes? wondered Molly on her pillow. His mustache is not like so many of them. Sam never gave me such a look as ...
The Virginian brings Felicity to one of their favorite places and nervously tells her he had a speech all worked out the night before, but now cant think what to say. He starts to tell her he cant begin to give her the things she deserves, such as money and social position, not even a very comfortable way of life. But he stops in the middle and asks the question above, to which Felicity replies I dont know what a man says, only a woman ... a woman says yes.
Once, I thought love must surely be enough, he continued. And I thought if I could
make you love me, you could learn me to be less - less - more your kind. And I think I could give you a
pretty good sort of love. But that dont help the little mean pesky things of day by day that makes
roughness or smoothness for folks tied together so awful close. Mrs. Taylor hyeh - she dont know
anything better than Taylor does. She dont want anything he cant give her. Her friends
will do for him and his for her. And when I dreamed of you in my home - he closed his eyes and drew
a long breath. At last he looked at her again. This is no country for a lady. Will yu forget
and forgive the bothering I have done?
Oh! cried Molly. Oh! And she put her hands to her eyes. She had risen and stood with her face covered.
I have put it clear how it is, he pursued. I ought to have seen from the start I was not the sort to keep you happy.
But, said Molly - but I - you ought - please try to keep me happy! And sinking by his chair she hid her face on his knees.
The Virginian announces his wedding plans to Judge Garth and asks him to be his best man. Betsy asks him when they plan to get married and when he tells them the wedding is two weeks from Sunday, Betsy exclaims Why thats practically tomorrow! He replies It feels like a million years away to me.
...after awhile she said to him, What are you thinking about?
I have been doing sums. Figured in hours it sounds right short. Figured in minutes it boils up into quite a mess. Twenty by sixty is twelve hundred. Put that into seconds, and yu get seventy-two thousand seconds. Seventy-two thousand. Seventy-two thousand seconds yet before we get married.
Seconds! To think of its having come to seconds!
I am thinkin about it. Im choppin sixty of em off every minute.