A young Italian girl survives the horrors of war to marry, love, live, and become a modern woman.

SILVANA
No, you right to help. I was only…

ROBBIE
Worried about me?

SILVANA
Yes.

EXT. GARDEN MICHELANGELO – DAY

Robbie and Silvana walk hand-in-hand around the park. They sit on a bench and look out over the city.

A NEWSPAPER flutters about in the breeze. It comes to rest at their feet. The headline reads, “Germany Surrenders!”

SILVANA
At last, the guns silent. This mean… you… go home soon. Yes?

ROBBIE
Yes, and I couldn’t be happier. Well, actually… I could be. Silvana, I’ve spent the last couple years looking at the face of war. I’ve seen it in the faces of kids in Tunisia, my men dead in a mine field and German troops who should have been in high school, instead of dying on foreign soil. I’ve been soaked in death. I’ve tasted it, literally. Back home, I was a bit of a drifter, wandering from place to place, job to job. Now, I want to help in the re-building.

SILVANA
Re-build what?

ROBBIE
Everything! Peace, my country, my life. I want to build a new life, a life that includes a wife, and a family. And… I want to build it… with you. If, you’ll have me.

She kisses him.

SILVANA
Robbie, you do what I thought no man could. You make me feel loved, and feel love, again. I know little of your America. But, if it mean make life with you, I go. Where you call home, so I.

They kiss.

INT. RIGACCI LIVINGROOM – DAY

Silvana sits in a chair, Robbie stands next to her. Bruno sits on the couch and Maria stands next to him.

ROBBIE
(Mister and Misses Rigacci, I humbly ask your permission to marry your daughter. I will try to be a good husband and father.)

Maria looks to Bruno. He slowly rises.

BRUNO
(Consent is given. I pray you both shall be happy together, always.)

He shakes Robbie’s hand. Silvana jumps to her feet and hugs her parents.

SILVANA
(Thank you, Papa, Mama!)

ROBBIE
(Mister Rigacci, do you speak any English?)

BRUNO
(No. Why?)

ROBBIE
(At the ceremony, the Minister will ask, “Who gives this woman in marriage?” You say,) “I do.”

BRUNO
I – doe?

ROBBIE
I do.

BRUNO
I – do. (I’ll practice.)

Robbie pulls out a Sears catalog.

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