JACQUES: Do you know why these were made without handles?
MELISSA: I do. It was so the submarine officers on watch could wrap their hands around them for warmth.
JACQUES: Warmth is something we all need when we are at sea.
(he places the mugs on a low table between them, and pours tea from a pot into each)
Do you need milk or sugar?
MELISSA: I used to. Not so much anymore.
JACQUES: I find I like the bit of astringency that comes with black tea. It’s bracing. Reminds you you’re alive.
Notes: Some of Jacques’s lines are taken from actual quotations.
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