While the Auto Waits by R. J. Cardullo | Script Revolution

While the Auto Waits

A young man of wealth comes upon a young, lower-class woman in a park; each pretends to be a member of the other’s class until it's time to return to work—or leisure.

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"While the Auto Waits” (1920), a short story by O. Henry (William Sydney Porter).
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On an early evening in an American city during the 1920s, a young man encounters a young woman sitting on a bench in a park, reading. The man makes veiled advances but the woman rebuffs him, pretends to be from the upper class, and even complains of some dissatisfaction with her life of wealth and leisure. He says he is a cashier at a nearby restaurant, and she says it is possible she could love a man of such lowly station.

Not long thereafter, the woman leaves the young man on the bench, ostensibly to return to her all-white automobile on the corner, where her driver is supposed to be waiting for her. The man follows and secretly watches the woman leave the park, pass the white car, enter a restaurant across the street, and begin her shift as a cashier. Then he takes a look at the young woman’s escapist novel, inadvertently dropped by her on the grass—after which the young man navigates the street corner, steps into the white automobile, gives instructions to his chauffeur, and drives away.

Submitted: January 18, 2021
Last Updated: January 18, 2021

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The Writer: R. J. Cardullo

A former university film teacher, I turned to screenwriting several years ago. I have also written film criticism for many publications. A New Yorker by birth, I grew up in Miami and was educated at the University of Florida, Tulane, and Yale. My last U.S. address was in Milford, Connecticut; I am now an expatriate residing in Scandinavia. Many of my scripts (both long and short) are adaptations of lesser-known works by well-known authors. I am happy to re-write, collaborate, or write on demand. Thanks kindly for any attention you can give my work. Go to bio

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