PAíS REQUEST (c)2007
A Play- by Sue Seaman

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Cast: Two brothers -Benny and Luke, Jed Taylor, Nancy Brown, Nancy's two Daughters - Lauren and Alice.

Setting Ė The Old Wild West in the 19th century.

Benny and his brother Luke had been left Robinsonís farm after their father died. The two brothers both had a share in the property of the farm, but were told that there País request on his death bed was that they were to each find themselves a good woman to wed and to help run the farm. Whichever son married first would get the farmhouse. The other son would have to find digs elsewhere until he met a woman and then he would be allowed to build a home on the farm. There Pa had it all figured out that if they should happen to meet a good woman at the same time that would indeed be a blessing from the Good Lord.
The farm was quite a large holding and papa had bought it when he wed there mama he paid a small price for the land and slaved hard working on the crops to make a good living so that he could provide a suitable establishment to raise a family, Robinsonís farm was known by the towns people as a farm reliable on the corn. Although they also grew a small crop of blueberries which they also sold to some of the townsfolk. Now it was up to the brothers to keep the good name going and with the chickens, pigs , cattle and horses to look after they had come to realise that they both needed to find themselves a couple of homely women , it was now time to start going courting.

BENNY:
Come on Luke lets get the wagon loaded up, we have got to make that delivery to Jed Taylor today he will be waiting on these sacks of corn.

LUKE:
Sure, Lets get started.

They go across to the barn and pile the heavy sacks, of corn onto the Wagon, and head off to town.
In town, Jed is waiting for the boys.

JED:
Come on boys. Get those sacks down off that wagon of yours. Iíve got customers waiting for that corn. Nancy Brown lives over west just outside of Town and sheís been in this morning needing some corn to make her delicious corn bread. Do you think you boys could do me a favour and take it to her? Iíd be real grateful if you could. Iíve got a lot to do this afternoon and I just ainít got the time to drive over to her farm.

BENNY:
No trouble Jed. Me and Luke, will be happy to oblige. Just tell us how to get there and we will go straight away.

JED:
You wonít have trouble finding it - its just over by Bear Creek.

BENNY:
So, what is Nancy like?

JED:
Well, sheís a well homely gal and a good Christian woman. Everyone here in town speaks highly of her. She helped a family that were in great need, one time Ė taking them food and clothing. She also helped out when she heard that another family, who had not long moved into the area, went down sick. Nancy helped nurse them all back to health. Sheís a good woman.

LUKE:
How come we have never met this Nancy?

JED:
Nancy hasnít lived around these parts long, she just comes into town once a week Ė usually on days that you boys are not in town. Besides, she as enough work to do on her farm since Mr Brown died. You best be getting a move on boys Ė and Iíve got work to do.

LUKE:
I canít wait to meet Nancy, come on Benny, lets get going.

BENNY:
See you same time next week?

JED:
Yeah, Iíll be waiting.

They get back on the wagon and set off.

BENNY:
From what Jed has just told us about this Nancy woman, she sounds just like the woman mentioned in the book of Proverbs 31 - the virtuous woman. I remember Reverend Stanford giving a sermon on that kind of woman. We need a couple of virtuous women to fill our lives - donít you think Luke?

LUKE:
Your not wrong there Benny, we certainly do!

The sun is beating down and start to burn on their faces. The wagon trundles along the dusty road but they need to stop and check the wheels of the wagon - to make sure that they were still securely fixed. They arrive at Bear Creek where the horses have a drink and sit down on the ground underneath a tree. Each takes a swig from their water bottles.
After they have rested for a while, they climb back up onto the wagon and continue their journey. As they approach a small cabin they see in the distance a middle aged woman. She shakes a rug outside the porch door and goes back inside.

BENNY:
I reckon thatís got to be Nancy.

LUKE:
Isnít she kind of old for us Benny?

BENNY:
We havenít come here to see if Nancy wants to be courted, Luke. Weíve come to deliver the corn.

LUKE:
Sure Benny

They pull up the wagon outside the cabin. Nancy sees the wagon draw up and comes out to greet the boys.

BENNY:
Howdy Maíam

NANCY:
Hi. What brings you boys out here?

BENNY:
Well, Jed Taylor asked us if we could deliver these sacks of corn to you, Maíam.

LUKE:
He said that you make delicious cornbread.

NANCY:
Well did he now? Well it so happens I have just baked some, if you boys would like to try it?

BENNY:
We certainly would Maíam.

NANCY:
Well then what are you waiting for come on inside and sit yourselves down.

Benny and Luke stepped inside the cabin and instantly notice the two pretty women sat there.

NANCY:
Iíd like you to meet my daughters - Lauren and Alice.

The brothers get up and walk across the room .

BENNY:
Hi, miss Lauren, Miss Alice. I am Benny and this is my brother Luke. Pleased to meet you.

LUKE:
Howdy.

BENNY:
Mrs Brown you have the two prettiest daughters I have ever seen.

LUKE:
You certainly do.

NANCY:
Well sit yourselves down. Lauren would you get the coffee off the stove and Alice would you get the cornbread? I expect you would like some stew to go with that cornbread?

BENNY:
Donít mind if I do.

LUKE:
It smells rather good (takes a bite) and it tastesÖ delicious.

LAUREN:
Iím so glad you like it. Maís been teaching Alice and me how to cook, so that when the time comes for us to move on we would be able to keep a home. After all, the way to a manís heart is through his stomach.

BENNY:
Well Miss Lauren. Have you got a beau thatís courting you?

Lauren and Alice both blush and giggle.

NANCY:
My daughters are a bit young yet for courting. But if the right boys came along maybe I would consider giving them permission to court them Ė if they were Bible-believing boys, that is because we are Bible believing folk and attend church regularly.

LUKE:
Well me and Benny, we have gone to church on many occasions. Reverend Stanford took the meetings the last time we went, didnít he Benny?

BENNY:
Thatís right, he spoke on Proverbs 31 all about the virtuous woman. The kind of woman any man would be proud of having for a wife.

NANCY:
Well, then you boys havenít been to church in a long time. Reverend Stanford passed away over two years ago.

LUKE:
Thereís a reason for our recent lack of attendance Maíam. Benny and me have a lot to do on the farm since our Pa died. He left the farm in his will and we just donít seem to have much time for going to church working from sunset to sundown an all.

NANCY:
That sounds like a feeble excuse to me. Why me and my gals we have a lot to do around here without their Pa. But Sunday is a day of rest and should be shared in Godís house.

BENNY:
I do see your point Maíam. I tell you what. Luke and I will try and make an effort this Sunday. Come on Luke we best be getting going. We still have things to do back at the farm. Well, thank you for your kind hospitality, Maíam.

LUKE:
Yeah, nice meeting you Maíam, Maíam and Maíam.

They tip their Stetson hats and see themselves out.

NANCY:
Mind how you boys go. There are wolves out on that prairie.

BENNY:
Thanks for your concern Maíam but Luke and me will be alright. Thanks for your hospitality.

They climb up on their Wagon and head for home.

LUKE:
Didnít Nancy Brown, have the prettiest daughters you ever did see?

BENNY; Yeah, I guess, Aliceís silky head of chestnut brown hair down to her waist. It was the most beautiful head of hair I have ever seen on a woman before.

LUKE:
Seems like you are hung up on Alice. But Laurenís big blue eyes did it for me. They just seemed to sparkle.

BENNY:
Well I sure think if Pa was alive he would encourage us to court those pretty gals. Donít you think so Luke?

LUKE:
Yeah I sure think he would. Hey! Benny. What are you doing, Benny?

BENNY:
Turning this old wagon round and heading back to Nancy Brownís farm. We are gonna ask those pretty gals of hers if they would like to go courting with us!

LUKE:
Well OK what are we waiting for? Letís get going.

The wolves start to appear from across the prairie. Benny and Luke arrive at the farm just in time as the wolves start to scavenge around for food. The boys knock on the door and Nancy opens it. Inside the cabin they can hear that the cabin is now surrounded by wolves howling loudly outside.

NANCY:
Why did you boys turn around and come back here? I thought you were heading for home.

BENNY:
Well you see - its like this Nancy. Luke and me were talking and we couldnít help but talk about your daughters - the two prettiest gals we had ever seen. So we decided Luke and me to turn around and come back and ask for your permission to do some courting.

NANCY:
I guess you want to court my gals. Well I donít mind. Why donít you ask them?

LUKE:
Well Lauren. what do you think about going a-courting with me.

LAUREN:
It seems to me, I reckon I should say yes. You are the type, who wonít take no for an answer anyway.

LUKE:
So your answer is yes, then?

Lauren nods her head, smiling shyly.

ALICE:
Sure. Iíd like that very much.

BENNY:
Well Alice, what about you and me courting? You will make me very happy.

NANCY:
Now you boys, I want you to take care of my gals whilst out courting. I do expect decency where my gals are concerned, you treat my gals right and with respect, and maybe in time I will allow you to put rings on their fingers. You seem like a couple of nice boys and any Ma would be proud for their gals to go courting with you. But I would like you boys to start going to church more often. I know you have a lot to do on the farm, but church, to me and my gals, is important. It makes for good Christian living and lasting happiness. Iím sure youíll agree with me?

BENNY:
I can see where you are coming from Maíam. Luke and me will start attending church again. We promise.

LUKE:
Yeah, Maíam we will. We thank you for your blessing on Benny and me to court your daughters.

Over the following months the boys started to build another farm on the land left to them by their Pa. And when it was finished they married those two pretty sisters.

BENNY:
Pa would certainly have been proud of us. It was País request for us to find a couple of home loving women.

LUKE:
Yeah Benny. But most of all we must praise the Lord for finding us the right women that we can share the rest of our lives with.


The Lordís will is always the best for our lives. He will always open the right doors. Even though we often do not know what we need, the Lord does.

Jesus was sent to earth to do the will of His Father in Heaven. And we should also seek to do our heavenly Fatherís will. And as we do, we will receive all that the Father has for us.

Why not read proverbs 31 about the virtuous woman, it tells you what any man needs to know, and how any woman should be in her life and home.