March 3rd, 2009

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Okay, I got out of the house. I'm still not getting script written. The Duke is an interesting character; in a world full of anti-Semites he really doesn't care about the subject. He's a balls-to-the-wall *opportunist*, and thus likes taking *advantage* of Jews, not because they're Jewish but because he *can*. He doesn't think all that well of the Christian ecclesiastical authorities either, they're just in a harder position for him to take advantage of.

The Banker is the second lead character; the Duke had welcomed him and his family in after the Expulsion of 1492. The Duke will remind him of this within the first few lines of dialog, as a way of saying "And you *owe* me, boy." Hmm. Perhaps they're still in Spain, and what the Duke is doing is turning a blind eye to the Banker's family's continued Jewish practice, as long as they're still willing to act nominally Christian in public.

The current action is the Duke is telling the Banker to extend a loan to the Duke's nephew. Said nephew is his favorite little sister's favorite son, even though the Duke himself doesn't like the young man, seeing him with fair accuracy as a spoiled brat. Nephew is claiming what he *really* wants in life, now, is to be a merchant trader, and wants his uncle the Duke to outfit him with a ship to do that with.

Nephew is in fact lying through his teeth; the ship he wants is a shallow-draft, small-hold sloop fitted with heavy cannons -- an ideal merchant-*killer*, but a lousy trade-ship. The banker at first makes effort to ignore this; he's trying to make his buddy the Duke happy, and if he can do that by getting this young punk his ship then that's what he'll do.

Enter the Banker's Wife, who has no trouble at all seeing there's something fishy in this deal. Husband and wife argue, and it becomes apparent to us the audience that the Banker is not going to have peace in his house if he gives the young pirate his ship. But he can't risk offending the Duke, either.

Another potential client the Banker is working with wants to make an expedition to the New World, a risky but possibly very rewarding business. The Banker has a long talk with God, and comes up with a solution to both his problems: He'll underwrite the Duke's nephew for a deep-draft, huge-holded merchant ship, and send him out as a junior captain under the command of his other client, the Explorer. The Duke gets his nephew cared for, the Explorer gets another ship in his expedition, and the Nephew is in a hard place to complain from.

He does, anyway; there is comedy to be had in the scene of the Nephew going to his uncle to complain about being given too much ship. His uncle, predictably, laughs at him. And the Banker's Wife makes a cheesecake for him in celebration.

Now, to turn that into *dialogue...*