~ DL070: You’re Better Off Guilty, Act 1, Scene 2 & 3 — A Growing Suspicion ~
A Growing Suspicion
Ralph is involved in the Jill Joras case because he was the one who found the body. She was slumped over the steering wheel of her car. Ralph could tell she was dead, she wasn’t just sleeping. Shocked, he hurried from the scene. He immediately found a police officer and reported his discovery. That makes him a witness. But his involvement stirs up suspicion in people’s minds. It is not only the police inspector who begins to see Ralph as a possible suspect.
Ralph kowtows to his boss
Ralph’s boss is worried that maybe…just maybe…Ralph did kill the young star. Just think of how that would affect his company! He could imagine clients and investors dropping him for other accounting firms. He calls Ralph into his office and tells him to just let it all blow over quickly. Ralph says, “Yes, sir… Yes, sir,” even though he doesn’t have much control over this. And actually, Ralph is hoping for the same outcome. It’s very unnerving to be eyed with suspicion.
Ralph’s boss says he’s willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. This is a strange thing to say to someone who is a witness, not a suspect, in a crime.
Home — A Safe Haven?
Ralph wants to go home and rest, get away from all the craziness. It’s been a rough day! But he ends up having to defend himself to Sylvia, his fiancée. Even in his closest relationship where there should be trust, there is suspicion.
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So there’s Ralph in his boss’ office, unable to ‘stick up for himself’. Ralph doesn’t try to defend himself. He just ‘kowtows’ to what his boss demands – he says, ‘Yes, sir!” Did you know “kowtow” is a word we borrowed from Chinese? In Chinese, it’s 叩頭 (pronounced kòutóu) . That’s a traditional Chinese way of greeting your superior. You would have to kneel down and press your forehead to the ground. That’s kind of what Ralph was doing with his boss. Do you think this was the best way for Ralph to handle this situation? Please, leave a comment!