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bthe kitchen cost that much to renovate last year. Give him bhis money, call up the newspapers, and let’s get the thing bover with.

bB:aAnd what makes you so sure that he’ll be satisfied bwith that? Besides, are you sure that the members are bgoing to be willing to give away that kind of money to bForman?

bA:aThat’s no problem. We’ll get the rabbi to give them a bsermon on social justice and the guilt that must be in all bour hearts and the thing will be a breeze.

bB:aThe whole thing smells bad to me. First of all, I don’t bwant to give the guy that money, and secondly, I still think bwe won’t get him off our back.

bC:aYou know what the trouble with you is, Sam, you bworry. You’re some kind of an expert at worrying about bproblems. Pay the guy and he’ll go away. Money talks; bthat’s the name of the game.

bBOARD MEMBER D:aI object to this whole thing. I don’t bthink that the rabbi should have let the guy speak, in the bfirst place, and I’ll be damned if I’ll give a penny of my bmoney to that blackmailer even if you cowards decide to.

bA:aNow just a minute, Harry, watch who you’re calling a bcoward!

bD:aI know exactly who I’m calling a coward and I’ll say it bagain!

bA:a(voice rising): You say that once more . . .

bCOLEMAN:aGentlemen, let’s cut that out. We have benough problems without fighting among ourselves.

bNow we are faced with a serious problem. On the one bhand, if we don’t give Forman something, heaven knows bwhat he’s liable to do. If we do pay off, there will be a great bdeal of dissension among the congregants and we may not bbe safe from further demands.

bBecause of that, I think I may have a plan that will solve bthe problem.

bC:aThat sounds great, J.B., let’s hear it.

bCOLEMAN:aNow I know this may sound crazy when you bfirst hear it, but let me finish before you say anything. (The broom grows quiet.)

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