From Hell

Transcript written by and used with the courtesey of Angela Sugden

Man
Get out of here!


Woman
You’re taking all our money again.


Man
That’s better.


Woman
You’ll feel better when you get home.


Kate
There’s one over there.


Mary
Night, Polly.


Polly
Gonna be a long night, Mary.


Mary
Too bloody long.


Annie
It’s quiet isn’t it? You had any luck?


Mary
Not much, love.


Man
Give you a penny for a suck.


Mary
Piss off.


Liz
Hi. Where’s Kate?


Mary
Across the street.


Geordie
Miss?


Mary
Yeah?


Geordie
It’s Mary isn’t it?


Mary
What you want?


Geordie
Shut your hole bitch.


Mary
I know you. You’re Geordie from Nichol Street.


McQueen
Do you remember me, Mary Kelly?


Mary
I’d never for get you, McQueen. Will you stop that now? Buttons are hard to come by.


McQueen
What does a whore need buttons for? I warned you and your friends. Payment was due Monday.


Mary
I’m working, ain’t I? We all are.


McQueen
And I am making sure that no-one troubles you. I’m providing a service, Mary Kelly. And I expect to be paid. . . or else you will be very troubled. Now, you tell your five friends they bring me my money by tomorrow, or this friend of mine here will be your next customer.


Kate
You’re bloody filthy this morning.


Martha
I bleeding stink.


Kate
What’d you get up to last night?


Martha
You don’t even want to know about it.


Polly
Give us a look.


Ann
Mary. Thank God I found you. He’s coming. Albert’s coming today. Well, I need you to look after the baby.


Kate
Let’s have a hold.


Ann
I’m so proud of her. I love her to bits.


Mary
She’s the most gorgeous little girl.


Martha
Isn’t she beautiful?


Ann
She’s lovely, in’t she?


Liz
I’ll be seeing you in a bit.


Annie
Get us a jar of gin will you? You look fine Ann. Must be nice having a rich man looking after you.


Martha
She has your eyes and her father’s brow. Don’t you think?


Kate
Oh yeah.


Mary
She is a perfect love, but, but Ann, we’re all in, in a terrible way for money. The Nichols gang. . .


Annie
They want our blood. Know what they said they’re gonna do to us?


Kate
Don’t start that now.


Ann
Oh what, what’s she saying?


Mary
They want a pound a week from each of us.


Kate
You count yourself lucky my dear. Good an lucky that you got a wealthy man to take care of you.


Mary
We need four pound to pay ’em, so we can’t spare the time.


Ann
I’ll get the four pounds from Albert.


Mary
He might say no, Ann. I can’t take a chance.


Ann
Oh he won’t. I know he won’t. He’s been in France on business. He wrote, he sold a lot of his paintings. He’s sure to have full pockets and feel generous.


Mary
To you perhaps, but. . .


Ann
I’ll ask for meself. I’ll get you the four pounds. I promise, Mary.


Officer Belt
I’m not going to hurt you, Netley. Remember me? Remember who I am? Your charge will be coming down sooner than expected. Much sooner than expected. Be a good man, Netley. Get him home quickly. Quickly and quietly. Understood? Well said, Netley. Very well said. Take them out.


Albert
What is the meaning of this? Kidney, what in God’s name are you doing?


Ann
Albert! Albert!


Kidney
I want this room in pieces.


Albert
I demand an explanation.


Martha
It’s Albert.


Belt
Go. Go.


Ann
Albert! Get off me. Please, no.


Belt
Go.


Kidney
Who knows?


Ann
I didn’t know. I swear, I didn’t. How can I tell anyone else?


Kidney
Who knows? Who knows?


Martha
I don’t know, I don’t know they could be. Albert must have mixed in with something terrible.


Mary
She’s hungry and cold, poor thing. I’ve got to take her to ’em. I’ve got to take her to Ann’s parents.


Martha
You go. Leave baby Alice with them. I’ll get to work, and I’ll meet you later at the Ten Bells.


Coroner
Notice something, Inspector?


Chinese Man
I pay. I already pay.


Godley
I’m not after you, Emperor. Where is he? Move it. Go on. Get up. Get up!


Abberline
Hello, darling. Sergeant. It’s night.


Godley
Well spotted, Inspector Abberline. Indeed it is night. Our genius has returned to us. Thank you gentlemen. And remember, if you ever wish to escape the dreary confines of your present duties. . . this never happened. Cut along now.


Abberline
Have I lost a day?


Godley
No, Inspector. Indeed, it’s only four hours since you left here. Oh, deepest apologies for the rude awakening.


Abberline
I suspect you enjoyed that.


Godley
‘I must be cruel only to be kind,’ as the poet said. Although, I would happily wallop you every time you chase the dragon.


Abberline
Well, I had a neaking suspicion you might interrupt.


Godley
You’ve seen something. What did you see?


Abberline
A petticoat saturated with blood.


Godley
You know, they used to burn men like you alive. Sometime this evening a bangtail was murdered in George Yard.


Abberline
That doesn’t sound much out of the ordinary.


Godley
‘Twas the way she was done, Inspector. ‘Twas the way the bangtail was done that cries out for a man of your talents.


Police Surgeon
Her name was Martha Tabram. I don’t know what sort of name Tabram is. It sounds foreign to me.


Abberline
This is not what I saw.


Godley
Not the woman of your dreams? Are you sure? Show him.


Police Surgeon
You show him. Why do I have to be exposed to this degradation over and over again? I’ve looked at the mess twice.


Godley
Before he cut her throat, he removed her livelihood as a keepsake.


Sir William
Gentlemen, we are indeed fortunate today, to be able to observe an entirely new approach to the treatment of insanity. Oh, Dr. Ferral, I was just saying to my colleagues, we’re here in the hope that you’ll permit us to observe this new treatment of yours.


Dr. Ferral
I wasn’t expecting such distinguished visitors, Sir William. But you’re all welcome, of course. I’m ready to begin right now in fact.


Sir William
Who is your patient?


Dr. Ferral
Ann Crook. An unfortunate, Sir William, who’s hysterical and violent. And has severe delusions of persecution.


Sir William
Poor girl, er, do please proceed Dr. Ferral. Gentlemen. We have one tap above, and one into the left lobe. And, one on the right, and this unlucky patient’s dementia will no longer take a violent form. Thanks to this simple procedure, we can now permanently alleviate the poor girl’s suffering.


Mary
God forgive me. What could I do? I had to leave the baby with Ann’s parents.


Annie
Rich man. Thought he was gonna take care of Ann. Knew that was too bloody good to be true.


Kate
They’re gonna kill us. They’re gonna kill every one of us.


Liz
Who is this Albert then anyway? Who is he?


Polly
Oh for God’s sake! Who cares about Albert and Ann’s troubles? What are we gonna do? We can’t stay clear of the Nichols boys for ever.


Liz
You know they say they held poor Martha down, and watched her bleed until she passed out. Then they cut her throat.


Mary
McQueen is mad. He enjoys hurting women, that’s what I think.


Polly
That’s insane that they want four pound. How’re we gonna get four pound?


Kate
Not with my old cunny. I’d be lucky to get four-pence.


Barkeeper
Oy, oy, oy. Behave yourselves, or bugger off.


Liz
Yeah, and you can bugger off ‘anorl.


Kate
We work girls. We work the streets harder than ever, right? Right?


Polly
All right. We can do it here, but hurry up. The bobbies are tracking us tonight.


Man
All right. Gotta get the old man hard first, haven’t I?


Polly
Give it here. I’ll put it in meself.


Man
Oh, oh, that’s nice. Is that in?


Polly
Of course it is. Come on.


Man
No it’s not. You got it stuck between your bleedin’ legs.


Polly
No I haven’t. Come on. Get a move on.


Man
I knows it when I feels it.


McQueen
That’s mine, Polly. That’s my money. I could pop your eye out. The customers wouldn’t mind. They don’t mind if a whore can see.


Police Officer
Ere, what’s that you got there?


McQueen
What’ve I got ‘ere? What have I got here, Constable? Only a little thing. Only a little thing to you, but a great thing to me.


Police Officer
Move! Or I’ll bash that smart mouth.


McQueen
You’re a dead woman.


Liz
Ah, lovey. He won’t bother you again tonight.


Annie
Yeah, that’s right, look. One for the Nichols, yeah? And one for me.


Liz
Aah, come here. Come here. Ssshh. Hey, we’ll work the streets together. I’ll keep my eye on you love, eh?


Polly
Oh, you pig! You disgusting pig!


Liz
Yeah, I’m a pig. I’m what’s wrong with the world. Be on your own then.


Polly
Oh! No!


Liz
You don’t want the company of a pig! What the fuck are you looking at?


Ripper
Thirsty?


Polly
That was the thing that was in my dream. What’s it called again?


Ripper
Cleopatra’s needle.


Polly
Cleopatra. She was a beauty wasn’t she?


Ripper
It was carved fifteen hundred years before the son of God was born. Six men died to bring it here, from Egypt.


Police Officer
May the good Lord have mercy.


Old Man
She was like that when I found her. All murdered.


Woman
What kind of monster did this?


Godley
The boys have made their rounds of the taverns and the delightful domiciles that make up this charming little street. Will it surprise you to learn that nobody heard a sound?


Abberline
Her throat was cut, but there’s no arterial spray on the wall. She was killed somewhere else. It rained last night, didn’t it?


Godley
Hu-hu.


Abberline
She’s dry. She was brought here in a carriage or something. Her throat must have been cut in the carriage. I imagine they stopped it just over there.


Godley
They? There’s more than one then?


Abberline
Most definitely.


Godley
This was all in your vision? Jesus! So, definitely more than one person. It has to be a message from the Nichols boys. Am I right? What the hell? That’s grapes, isn’t it? What the hell would a bangtail be doing with grapes? I’d like to give them an answer.


Abberline
What are you talking about?


Godley
The Nichols boys. I would welcome the opportunity to give them an answer to their bloody message.


Abberline
There is most definitely a message here. You’re right about that.


Godley
What am I wrong about?


Abberline
Martha Tabram was raped, tortured and killed. That’s cruel. But I’ve seen that sort of cruelty in the East End before. This is methodical. The butchery is irrational, yet, meticulous and deliberate. Altogether a different breed of killer. As soon as possible, I’d like to know what he took.


Police Surgeon
What? What do you mean ‘what he took’?


Abberline
Didn’t you notice?


Police Surgeon
What?


Abberline
He’s taken at least one of her organs.


Police Surgeon
Oh, no.


Abberline
I want every vetinarian, butcher, furrier in the district interviewed.


Withers
Furrier, what did he do, sir? Skin her?


Godley
Pipe down, Withers. When the Inspector is talking, you are listening, do you understand?


Withers
Yes, sergeant.


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