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The Freshman Full-Back

by Ralph D. Paine

Genre: Comedy
Setting:
Format of Original Source: Short Story
Recommended Adaptation Length: Two Hours

Candidate for Adaptation? Promising

EXCERPT:

Supper was forgotten while Henry Seeley wondered whether he really wanted to go to New Haven to see his boy play. Many of his old friends and classmates would be there and he did not wish to meet them. And it stung him to the quick as he reflected: “I should be very happy to see him win, but–but to see him whipped! I couldn’t brace and comfort him. And supposing it breaks his heart to be whipped as it has broken mine? No, I won’t let myself think that. I’m a poor Yale man and a worse father, but I couldn’t stand going up there to-day.”



COMMENTS:

A touching relationship between a father and a son. Some difficult staging as the key plot points happen during a football game (with dad watching from the stands). The potential with this story might come from the story’s structure, which is really sturdy and adaptable. Perhaps you could substitute the sport of football with some other career on which the son is about to embark.


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