Flat in Rome
Waking up, it’s all pretty mucky. Just got into bed. Claudio turns up with a viewing.
Natalie depressed, aimless in Rome.
Gets very miserable. The sun is shining but it’s raining in my heart.
Phones Michael in desperation. Chucks phone into Tiber. Thinks about chucking herself.
Claudio phones on landline. He’s bringing someone to look at the flat.
Natalie inspired to clean flat – it’s even muckier, she’s been subsisting on not much, not clearing up etc.
Borrows mop etc from Valeria. Valeria feeds her, offers her to come for supper that evening.
Claudio brings someone round to look at the flat.
It’s looking much better. Asks her for a date afterwards.
Supper with Valeria.
Clorinda also there. Mike is mentioned, Clorinda v disapproving. Establish Natalie can’t cook. Vanessa and Guy as super romantic couple. Clorinda hopes they’ll get back together. Discuss Claudio.
First date with Claudio. Meet up with his friends – she’s depressed, she can’t keep up with the language, she’s out of place. He makes a bit of a play for her, she tells him about Michael, he says M won’t be back. N cries, and is upset – what’s to become of her?
Clorinda hears her crying
NB turns up wearing white nightie – foreshadow ghost. Is very nice to Natalie, makes her cocoa, refers to once wanting space (something that relates to N, but also to her relationship with Mike, too proud, love is not love, hang on in there etc). Then says, contact Mike about a job.
Goes for job with Mike
he’s desperate, offers her something on the spot, that very evening.