A Beautiful Trap
by Ms. Lu Ying-Hsiu
Gwen: Senior high school student
Rita: Mom / Customer A
Ivy: Gwen’s friend
David: Father / Customer B
Father and Mother are at home. Gwen just gets home.
Gwen: I’m home, Mom, Dad.
Mom: How’s your day, Gwen?
Gwen: Not bad. I’m tired of taking buses to school every day.
Gwen: The bus is so crowded every morning.
Mom: I don’t understand. What’s your point?
Gwen: I want to buy a motorcycle - a Harley.
Father: What!! Harley! Are you insane?
Mom: (to father) Calm down. (to Gwen) I understand your situation. I would agree if you want to buy a
normal motorcycle, but Harley! Forget it.
Gwen: But I want it so much. I’ve always wanted one.
Father: OK. I can contribute some for the motorcycle, but you have to pay the rest yourself.
Mom: I agree with your dad.
Gwen: Oh! Yes! Are you sure? But I don’t have any money to pay for it!
Father: You can use your New Years’ Red Envelope money or find a part-time job.
Gwen: Hey, it sounds like a great idea to get a part-time job.
Mom: You have to keep your eyes open when you look for a part-time job.
Gwen: Don’t worry. I’ll be careful.
Father: I can give you some advice and experience. When I was a teenager, I used to work as a porter. It was
very tough, but I learned how to be responsible and how to use time. So will you. (change of tone) I
remember I almost lost my life one day.
Gwen: Thanks, Dad. I think I can handle it. I’ll be careful.
Gwen: Ivy, I want to find a part-time job. Are you interested in getting one for yourself, too?
Ivy: It sounds great! I can search on the Internet for job opportunities.
Gwen: Then I can look at the ads in the newspaper.
(After 2 to 3 minutes)
Gwen: Look! Here’s something interesting. It looks good.
Ivy: Let me see... let’s make a phone call to see what the job is about.
(Phone rings. Gwen and Ivy are calling the “I Need You” Company.)
Boss: This is “I Need You” company! May I help you?
Ivy: I need a part-time job, and I saw your ads in the newspaper, so …
Boss: I see! Could you come to our company this Wednesday afternoon?
Boss: Oh! We’d like to interview you personally.
Ivy: Is it alright if my friend comes along?
Boss: No problem. You and your friend can come together.
Ivy: Thank you. Bye.
Boss: You’re welcome. See you! (hangs up.)
Gwen: What did he say?
Ivy: He said we can have interviews this Wednesday afternoon.
Gwen: Great! Let’s do it. We can meet there.
Ivy: I’m a little bit nervous.
Gwen: It’ll be fine. Don’t worry.
www.pxzj8.com SCENE III
(Wednesday afternoon, Gwen and Ivy are at the “I Need You” Company. They enter the company.)
Boss: Hi, nice to meet you! Have a seat! Take it easy. O.K.! First, do you have any work experience?
Ivy: Me, either.
Boss: That’s O.K. You’re just what our company needs. You can learn on the job. Second, do you have any
talents? Like dancing or singing?
Gwen: I love singing. My friend says I sing well.
Boss: Very good!
Ivy: May I ask what this job is about? What do you want us to do?
Boss: It’s easy. You just need to sing and chat with customers. They might give you some extra tips if they like you.
Gwen: Oh! It sounds great! I can get a lot of money! I’ll take this job! What do you think, Ivy?
Ivy: Umm... but I’m not good at singing or dancing.
Boss: It’s O.K.! Fanny…
Boss: She can teach you how to do this job well. It’s not hard.
Gwen: How about the salary?
Boss: Ha, ha! As to the salary, I won’t disappoint you. I promise you’ll be a rich girl in a few days. (shows a
Ivy: I don’t think I can do it. It sounds fishy to me. I think we should ask more about what exactly we have to do.
Gwen: Come on! Take it easy. It’s a good opportunity. We’ll make a lot of money. Just think about the money!
Ivy: No, I’m sorry. I guess the job is not for me.
Gwen: All right! Suit yourself.
Ivy: Good luck. Bye. (exits)
Fanny: Hi. Hmm…(looks at Gwen from head to toes) I think I’ll change the way you look, O.K.? (She starts to
change Gwen’s hair style and her clothes and shoes; she also puts make-up on Gwen)
(Gwen’s first day of work at a bar)
Customer A: Wow, Fanny! Look at that girl! What a cute girl!
Customer B: I’ve never seen her before. Who is she?
Fanny: This is Gwen. It’s her first day here.
Gwen: Hi. (She appears shy and uneasy.)
Customer A: Come sit beside me.
Customer B: Dance with me. (They both drag Gwen’ arms.)
Gwen: Umm… What’s this all about? What’s going on? (Gwen starts to cry and turns to run away.)
Fanny: Wait, wait! Stop it! Come back! Hey, what are you doing?
Gwen: That man touched my butt.
Fanny: So what? It’s no big deal. Take it easy. No matter what they do to you, you should always show respect
to them and obey
Gwen: (Sobs) Oh! The job is so different from what I have thought. I can’t do it! I can’t stand it! I want to quit!
www.pxzj8.com SCENE V
At Gwen’s home
Gwen: I can’t believe this. Darn! How stupid I was. It‘s disgusting. (Gwen’s still crying.)
Mom: What’s wrong with you, honey?
Gwen: It’s terrible. I don’t know how to tell you.
Father: What’s the problem? Tell us.
Gwen: I got a part-time job the other day. And today was my first day of work. I thought they just want me to be a
performer, singing some songs and dancing for other people. But the customers there harassed me. They were
evil. They touched me and it made me feel awful. I couldn’t do it, so I ran away.
Mom: What? Why did you choose this kind of jobs? Are you blind? Are you that stupid?
Father: Calm down, both of you! You have to remember this experience. You should be careful when you choose a job.
Didn’t I tell you that?
Mom: If you have troubles finding a job, we’ll help you look for one from the Internet or newspapers.
Father: It’s O.K. now. Stop it.
Gwen: Thank you so much, Mom and Dad. I love you.
Mom: We love you, too, honey.
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