The Letter. When the curtain rises the sound of a shot is heard and a cry from Hammond. Leslie fires again.
Hammond: "Oh, my God!"
He falls in a heap on the ground. Leslie follows him, firing and then standing over him, fires two or three more shots in rapid succession into his prostrate body.
Thus begins the Somerset Maugham play in which Katherine Cornell makes anything but merry as Leslie Crosbie, murderess.
Leslie: "No, that won't be my retribution [to live with the devoted husband she had wronged]. I can do that and...