Annabelle: Looking for me, Nels? (long silence, Nels goes up to her)
Annabelle: Don't worry, Nels. I won't tell any of your townspeople about us.
Nels: I don't care if you tell them or don't.
Annabelle: My dear, sweet flesh and blood. You care so much. So much. Remember how you used to get up at 5:00 in the morning, and get washed and dressed, even fix your own porridge, so you could walk to school alone? They used to say that you were at the schoolhouse even before they lit the furnace in the morning! You preferred sitting out there in the cold, rather than being seen walking to school with your own sister! Don't you think I knew it, Nels? I knew it then, and I accepted it, just as I accept your behavior now. Nothing changes.
Nels:I went to school early because I.......(long pause) that's strange. I was going to make something up.