Tidewater Times August 2018

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The Man Project (Part 4 of 4)

by Roger Vaughan Letters from the Earth is a book by Mark Twain. In the title novella, the angel Satan is banished to Earth by the Creator as punishment. Once on Earth, he begins writing letters to his angelic friends, Michael and Gabriel, about what he finds. That element of Twain’s story forms the basis of this teleplay. In this story, Gabriel is a woman (Gabriella). Fearing that the negative letters being written by Satan will cause the Creator to cancel the Man Project, Gabriella has gone to Earth, confronted Satan, and engaged him in the first of a series of bets involving man’s ability to advance, or self-destruct. 31. INT. REGISTRY OF SOULS, RECYCLING DIVISION, CREATOR’S STUDIO WIDE on Jeanette and Louise at work as the phone rings. JEANETTE (Answering the phone) Soul Registry, Jeanette speakin’. Un huh. Un huh. Oh it’s you, Satan! Well, how’s the 163

incarceration going? (She laughs, listens). For you, anything. Got a number? Jeanette puts on her headset and moves to the computer. In the background, Louise whacks the glass tube to clear a soul jam. JEANETTE (Typing on the keyboard) Uh huh. Let’s see. Jimmy Smith. Not the jazz organist...too bad, love him...you could have picked a less common name...wait, here we are...got him.

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