It is night. A train is rattling through the dark countryside. Inside the train a young woman glances out the window and thinks to herself:
The great dark house known as Collinwood looms on the crest of the rocky cliff known as Widow's Hill, overlooking the small Maine fishing village of Collinsport, the home of the Collins Family. Modeled in the style of an English manor house, there is a large central hall with wings extending in both directions. Two stories in height, a total of forty rooms in all, a graceful carriage rodad adding majesty to its entrance, commanding a magnificent view of the ocean, Collinwood is the most imposing structure in the area. Now, however, a good portion of it is closed off, weeds have overgrown the formal gardens, and the few people living in it, the sole remaining members of the Collins family, walk like ghosts through its dark corridors.
It is about 8:30 on a windy October night. The moaning of the wind sounds like a banshee's cry. Inside the drawing room of Collinwood is a woman staring out the window, half searching for someone and half lost in brooding thought. Aged 56, of medium height, but with a proud, upright bearing that makes her seem taller than she is, this is Elizabeth Stoddard Collins, mistress of Collinwood. There is strength, power and determination in this woman, and yet a fleeting echo of pain is etched in the sharp lines around her mouth. The drawing room of Collinwood is large and gloomy. Paneled walls, portraits of family founders, a large grand piano, an unlit fireplace.
Liz, with all our ghosts, we don't need any strangers in this house, and you know it". Elizabeth says, "I think I can be the judge of that". Roger continues, "But you don't even know the girl. Elizabeth, I'm your brother and I'm thinking only of your welfare. Why bring someone all the way up from New York to do something we're perfectly capable of handling ourselves?" Why bring her here?" Elizabeth, quietly and firmly, replies, "Because I choose to do so!" Roger begs, "Come to your senses, Liz. When the girl comes, give her a month's salary, and tell her to go back to where she came from". Elizabeth doesn't answer, turning to stare out the window again. Roger gets a bit more intense as he goes to her, saying, "Why don't you open the doors and asks the whole town to come trooping the house while you're at it?" Elizabeth says, flatly, not even looking at him, The girl will stay!" Roger, exasperated, says, "You ARE a fool, Elizabeth! Yes, you ARE! Inviting problems to live with you, when..." Elizabeth retorts, "The only problem I've invited, Roger is standing before me at this moment! I've invited Miss Winters here and she'll stay!!" They stare at each other for a long moment, then Roger retreats. He forces himself to smile affably. With a shaking hand, he takes another sip of brandy. Glancing at Roger with something close to disgust, Elizabeth turns and exits the room. Roger stands quietly, watching her go, his mouth working in his attempt to control his tension. Suddenly, his and tightens convulsively, crushing the brandy glass he has been holding.
The train continues to speed through the dark countryside. Inside one of the coaches, there are about 10 passengers. A conductor enters the car from one end and starts inspecting the ticket stubs that are inserted in the backs of the seats. He stops besides a man sitting at the right rear of the coach. The man, darkly handsome, is seated quietly, his head leaning back, staring, lost in thought, an air of mystery and strength surrounding him. The conductor hesitates a moment, then tells the man, "Mister, we'll be in Collinsport in 10 minutes", but the man just glances at him without saying a word. Meanwhile, in an aisle seat to the left of the aisle next to Victoria Winter's window seat, a garrulous old woman is telling Vicki, "...the winters! That's what'll get you down up here in Maine. They're cold, and damp, and you'll". She is interrupted by the Conductor telling Vicki, "Collinsport in 10 minutes, Miss. Better have your baggage ready. Only two of you are getting off, so we won't be here very long". The old woman continues to prattle on, "This train hasn't made a regular stop in Collinsport in maybe five years! That's the kind of place it is. Why are you going to Collinsport anyway?" Vicki replies, "A Job". The old woman asks, "Now what kind of job would bring a girl like you all the way up from New York?". Without waiting for an answer, she continues to talk, "I've been living up in this part of the country all my life, and I've been to Collinsport just once, only once, and that was more than enough for me!", but Vicki, lost in thought, isn't listening. She is thinking back to the events that have put her on the train, to an office in a foundling home in New York...
Mrs. Hopewell, director of services for the foundling home, is holding a letter as she talks to Vicki, dressed in the white uniform of an aide, saying, "Elizabeth Collins Stoddard... Collinsport, Maine...I'm afraid the name means nothing to me, Victoria. When did you get this letter?" Vicki replies, "This morning. Mrs. Hopewell, I don't know why she should offer ME the position. I've never even heard of the woman". Mrs. Hopewell smiles faintly and says, "Obviously she's heard of YOU". Vicki asks, "But how?" Mrs. Hopewell shrugs and answers, "I don't know". Vicki asks, "Are you sure?" Mrs. Hopewell replies, with some asperity, "I've already told you..." Vicki interrupts her, "Mrs. Hopewell, I've looked at a map, and Collinsport is only 50 miles from Bangor". Mrs. Hopewell tells her, soberly, "I see. Well, surely you don't think there's any connection". Vicki replies, "I don't know what to think. All I do know is I've spent most of my life her in the Foundling Home... living...working now... and suddenly I get a letter from a woman I've never seen living in a town I've never heard of. Wouldn't you say that's just a little bit strange?" Mrs. Hopewell, handing the letter back to Vicki, says, "What I'd say is you have an offer of a job as companion and governess at a fair rate of pay. And the only question you'll have to decide is whether or not you want to take the position...."
Vicki's mind comes back to the present as the old woman on the train in the seat next to her continues talking, "..go to a small town like Collinsport after you've been in New York, what are you going to do? What are you going to do for fun in a place like..." She is interrupted by the conductor announcing, "COLLINSPORT! Next stop, Collinsport!" Vicki rushes to grab her luggage from the overhead rack. The old woman asks, "Need any help, dreary?" Vicki replies, "No, thanks". The old woman wishes her, "Good luck!"
Vicki stands on the platform at Collinsport station. There is a very large sign that says, "COLLINSPORT", but the platform is deserted except for Vicki and the brooding man, standing some distance from Vicki, staring silently into the distance. Vicki glances at him with some curiosity and a sense of apprehension that grips a lonely traveler alone in a strange place. The man ignores her, lost in his own thoughts. After a moment, Vicki gathers the courage and approaches him. He continues to ignore her. She asks him, "Excuse me, I wonder if you'd know how to get a taxi around here". The man smiles slightly and replies, "I wouldn't know what they have around here. Not anymore". Vicki asks, "How do they expect anyone to get into town?" The man jokes, "Broomsticks and unicorns", then glances to the left and says, "Or a chauffeured car". Vicki looks in the same direction and sees a car pulling up. The man tells her, "I can take you as far as the hotel Inn. You can get a taxi there" - Very kind of you, Mr.." The man answers, Devlin. Burke Devlin". Vicki tells him, "I'm Victoria Winters". Burke remarks, "Welcome to the beginning and the end of the world, Miss Winters". Vicki replies, "I'm not going that far. Only to a house called Collinwood. Do you know it? Burke replies, "Yes. Very well. Shall we go?"
Vicki and Burke enter the car. The car drives off and eventually pulls up at a small inn. Burke and Vicki exit the car and go into the inn, followed by a chauffeur with their suitcases. They go into the small lobby of the Collinsport Inn.
Burke glances around, a look of distaste on his face, and remarks, "It hasn't changed a bit!!", then asks Vicki, "Still want a taxi?" Vicki asks, "How else would I get to Collinwood?" Burke tells her, "You can take my advice and get the bus to Bangor. You can find a train to New York there and be home by morning". Vicki replies, "No thanks, I'll settle for the taxi. I'm staying in Collinsport". The desk clerk, a small man in his fifties, sees Burke and happily says, "Well, if it isn't Burke Devlin!! I haven't seen you since...", but Burke, obviously in no mood to talk about old times, snaps, "I wired ahead for three rooms! Are they ready?" The clerk meekly replies, "Yes, sir. yes, Mr. Devlin. We've been expecting you. We have a message for you..." Burke interrupts, "And I want a taxi for the girl", but the clerk tells him, "Sorry, but that won't be possible for awhile. Harry Jones, well, you remember Harry..." Once again Burke snaps angrily, "I don't know ANYONE here anymore!!!" The clerk turns to Vicki and explains, "Harry, Harry Jones. He runs our taxi. He has a flat. He's getting it fixed". Burke, "How long will that take?" The clerk starts to say, "Well...", but Vicki tells him, "I've come this far. I can wait a few more minutes". Burke remarks coldly, "If you want to". The clerk gives Burke a piece of paper, then gesture towards a door and tells Vicki, "The Coffee Shop's in there. I'll let you know when the taxi gets here". Burke reads his message and asks, "When was this left here?" The clerk replies, "About an hour ago". Burke crumples the message up into ball, gestures towards the suitcases and tells the clerk, "The black ones go upstairs. The red one is hers." and rushes out the front door. Vicki asks the clerk, "What a strange man. Do you know him?" The clerk replies, "Since he was about this high", gesturing with his palm held a about three feet above the floor. Vicki goes through the a door into the adjoining coffee shop. At a tavern, a small, weary looking man in his late fifties holding a mug of beer is pacing around, sipping as he paces. Finally, he sits down at a table. Burke Devlin comes in through the door and comes to this table. He grumbles, "You were supposed to meet me at the hotel, Strake!" Strake calmly replies, "Hello, Mr. Devlin. Have a seat", and calls out to the bartender, "Bring another beer for my friend!" Burke snaps, "Listen, Strake, I didn't come here to drink!" Strake replies, "Look, Mr. Devlin, you pay me well for the work I do. You won't begrudge a man the chance to buy his employer a drink, will you?" Burke replies, "Well, let's see what I'm pay you for!" Strake says, "Fair enough. You know, I should charge you double, the way the people clam up around here. Now, where do you want me to start?" The waiter comes to the table with another mug of beer, sets it down before Burke, and leaves. Strake remarks, "Nice guy. Thinks I'm a real estate salesman. That's a laugh, isn't it? He says the joint really starts jumping in about half an hour when the kids get here". Burke, impatient, says, "Now suppose you get started. I want to know everything you have on the Collin's family. Everything on anyone who lives on that hill, and everyone who has anything to do with them". Strake asks hopefully, "Then can I go back home to New York?" Burke orders, "Start talking!" and takes a sip of his beer.
The Collinsport Inn diner is a combination restaurant and coffee shop attached to the hotel. It is relatively plain. There are a number of tables, and a counter with stools. At the moment, there are only two customers in the place, a lonely diner finishing a solitary dinner at one of the tables, and Vicki, seated at the counter, her suitcase at her feet. The twenty three year old girl who works behind the counter brings Vicki a sandwich and a cup of coffee, asking, "Roast Beef Rare and Coffee, right?" Vicki replies, "Right. I'm starved!!", picking up a salt shaker, opening up the sandwich and shaking some salt on it. The counter girl says, "And you are also a jerk". Vicki, taken aback, asks, "I beg your pardon?" The counter girl spells it out, "Jerk, J-E-R-K". Vicki says, "Well, thanks!" The counter girl replies, "Don't mention it", then continues, "The name's Maggie Evans, and right now, I'm the last link in a long string of gossips. Sandwich rare enough for you?" "It's fine, but I still don't understand why..."
Maggie explains, "Well, a chauffeur tells a Desk Clerk, a Desk Clerk tells a housekeeper, who tells me that you're going to work up at Collinwood! That makes you a jerk!" Vicki asks, "But Why?" Maggie explains, "The Collins family is the biggest thing in this town. They has the biggest cannery, the biggest fishing fleet, and the biggest, darkest, gloomiest old house around here. And they're kooks, every one of them!" Vicki smiles and says, "I don't believe that!" Maggie replies, "All right. Move in there. But you'd better look in that mirror right now because in two months, you're hair is going to be a glorious shade of gray". Vicki protests, "You make it sound like an old English novel. Rattling chains and ghosts in the corridors". Maggie replies, "You think that's wrong? I could tell you things about that house that would send you running all the way back to the railroad station!" Vicki smiles and says, "I'd rather not hear them". Maggie shakes her head and says, "OK, there's one born every minute. But you'll need your strength. Apple pie, on the house, and I won't take no for an answer!" Vicki smiles and says, "Then I'll say yes!" Maggie turns to get the pie. Vicki's smile slowly fades as she's becoming even more fearful of what she's going into. She glances at her reflection in the mirror behind the counter as she almost involuntarily touches her hair and thinks back to another scene from the foundling home...
She is in her room at the foundling home, packing her suitcase. In the room with her is her roommate Sandy, a girl about Vicki's age. Sandy asks, "What are you trying to do, bury yourself?" Vicki replies, "Just the opposite". Sandy, ignoring her, continues, "But a nowhere place like Collinsport, Maine?? With your looks and brains, you could get a dozen jobs right here in New York! You've got a yen for fishing villages?" Vicki replies, "Sandy, I don't really want to go there, but I have to". Sandy gasps, "That doesn't make any sense at all!" Vicki says, "It's true. It might be the most important step I've ever taken in my life". Sandy asks, "To what?" Vicki replies, "To me. To finding me. To seeing who I really am".
Vicki snaps out of her daydream to find Maggie saying, "Did you say you were looking for something?" Vicki replies, "No, I was just...I mean I was just thinking". Maggie remarks, "Say, you really are in trouble. You're talking to yourself and you haven't even gone to the house yet! Maybe you really do belong in that house". Vicki replies, "Maybe I do", staring thoughtfully down at her coffee.
Meanwhile, at the tavern, Strake is continuing to give his report to Burke Devlin, "The big problem was the old lady. Not much I could dig up on her". Burke asks, "Does she still run the business?" Strake replies, "She still makes all the important decisions. Her fishing fleet manager comes up to the house once a week". Burke asks, "She really never leaves the house?" Strake replies, "Mrs. Elizabeth Stoddard Collins hasn't left that house in 18 years". Burke remarks, "So that hasn't changed" and asks, "Did you find out why?" Strake replies, "There are a number of stories floating around, but none of them make any sense. They'll all be in the report". Burke muses, Maybe she needs a keeper". Strake asks, "Who, you?" Burke replies, "No, a girl who doesn't know what she's getting into!"
Back at the hotel diner, Maggie is giving Vicki some advice, "If I were you, I'd stay in the hotel tonight, go up to Collinwood in the morning, and see the place before making my decision". The desk clerk, who's just come into the room, asks Vicki, "Maggie here been bending your ear?" Maggie indignantly tells him, "Just giving her some solid advice, that's all". The desk clerk tells Vicki, "Don't listen to her, Miss Winters. She'll have you packing your bags and heading for the hills! The taxi is here". Vicki tells Maggie, "Thanks for the pie!" Maggie replies, "Sure. Consider it part of your last meal. Good luck." As Vicki prepares to go, a worried look on her face, she asks Maggie, "Tell me the truth. You were just trying to make me nervous, weren't you?" Maggie replies, not too convincingly, "Sure. Sure I was. It'll be a ball".
Collinwood is in darkness except for the single window of the drawing room. Nothing can be heard except for the moaning of the wind. A taxi drives up and stops in front of the house. Vicki steps out and looks up at the house with trepidation. The driver puts her suitcase down beside her. She pays, he tips his hat to her, gets back into the taxi and leaves. Vicki is alone and feels it. After a moment, she picks up her suitcase, goes to the front door, and hesitates. Finally, gathering her courage, she knocks at the door. She hears the sound of a bolt being withdrawn slowly. The door is opened. Vicki announces herself, I'm Victoria Winters. Mrs."., but she does not finish her sentence as a woman inside says, "Come in, Miss Winters".
Elizabeth Stoddard lets Victoria Winters into Collinwood. Vicki marvels, "What a large house!" and asks how many rooms there are. Elizabeth replies, "About 40, but not all of them are in use." Vickie asks how many servants they have to run the house. Elizabeth replies, "We only have one man to do the heavy work. We do all the rest of it ourselves."
At a bar called the Blue Whale, a petite blond woman is dancing with one of the patrons. A jealous boyfriend, sitting at the table, shakes his head in disgust. Burke Devlin, sitting at the bar with Wilbur Strake; who comments "They say this place starts jumpin' when the kids get here. They sure were right". Burke asks Wilbur Strake, "Are you positive that's Carolyn Stoddard?" Strake replies, "A real fire eater, huh?" Then Strakes comments to Burke "All in the report, Mr. Devlin. ALL in the report". The scene changes to a man selecting a song from the jukebox. Carolyn is back with Joe, her boyfriend, sitting at the table. The man at the jukebox approaches Carolyn and asks her to dance. "Hey come on Carolyn, It's my turn ". Carolyn answers "Why not?". Joe tries to persuade her to stay. Carolyn gets up and hastily responds to Joe "Just Because you act 85 years old doesn't mean that I have to." Joe responds "I think you had enough". The man Carolyn is dancing with objects to this and says "I think you better go back to your beer, hey sonny boy?". Joe replies to Carolyn "I think you're making an idiot out of yourself". The man gives Joe a shove on the shoulder and says "Just a minute, buddy. Come on." Joe fights back saying "This is between me and my date. So you get goin'". Carolyn briefly breaks it up and Joe sits back at the table even more degusted than before. Back at the bar, Stakes comments "Better luck next time, sonny". Burke ask Stakes "Who is that boy?" "A full rundown on page 20. Joe Haskell. Mama's choice for Carolyn". He then comments, checking out Carolyn "Ohhh, I wish my wife could wiggle like that". Back on the dance floor, a third man approaches asking Carolyn if he could cut in. Carolyn, looking puzzled, stops for a second, then continues to dance with this man. Joe has had enough. He gets out of his seat and tells her "Carolyn, let's get out of here." Carolyn protests "Just one more dance". Joe responds "I think we oughta go NOW!" Her dancing partner tells Joe "This floor is for dancers only, Buster. Get lost" Joe then lands a punch right in the man's gut. Then a second man joins in on the brawl about to take place. Burkes sees there's going to be trouble and gets up from his bar stool. He then jumps in to break it up and pushes one of the men to in a table. Burke gives him a lingering, threatening glare and the man leaves. He then turns to Carolyn and says "Go home, Miss Stoddard... Now." Carolyn ask Burke "Who are you?" "A friend of the family. Now go home before the cops get here. Take her home, Haskell."
At Collinwood, Elizabeth Stoddard takes Vickie up to her bedroom. Vickie asks, "Why did you hire me, Mrs. Stoddard?" Elizabeth answers, "My brother Roger knew someone at the foundling home who recommended you." Vickie, puzzled, replies, "But I asked around and no one knew anything about the Collins' Family". Elizabeth replies, "You must have asked the wrong people". She excuses herself and leaves.
Carolyn returns home. Elizabeth tells her that the new governess has come.
Vickie comes downstairs. Finding the drawing room door closed, she decides to go out and take a walk. Outside, she stares over the cliff into the ocean. A man comes out of the trees and jokingly remarks, "Thinking of jumping? You wouldn't be the first one." He introduces himself as Roger Collins. She introduces herself and tells him, "I have you to thank for my being here." He asks what she means. She tells him, "Your sister told me it was you who hired me." Roger replies, strangely, "If that's what she said.." Vicki points out to sea and asks, "What are those lights out there?" Roger replies, "Oh, it's probably a ship of some sort. We get ships from all over the world here at Collinsport." Vickie remarks, "Strange. Ships from all over the world come here and I had trouble getting a taxi from the train station." Roger apologizes, "Sorry about that. There was some sort of mix up. I was supposed to come and pick you up." Vickie tells him, "No problem. A nice man I met on the train gave me a ride from the train station. I think he said he knew you. His name was Devlin." At the mention of the name, a look of shock crosses Roger's face. He gasps, "Devlin!? Are you sure?" She replies that she is. He rushes off.
Vicki returns to Collinwood, puzzled...
My name is Victoria Winters. Collinwood, a strange dark mansion, brooding on the crest of a lonely hill. It's my home now, and the outside world seems a million miles away. Yet I know there are homes in warmth in Collinsport. I know there are people with hopes and dreams and unexpressed fears.
Roger Collins drives to a small house. He goes to the door and knocks. Getting no answer, he starts to bang on the door, but there's still no reply. He gets back into his car and drives off.
Vicki is in her room writing a letter. There's a knock at the door. She answers it. It's Elizabeth Stoddard's daughter Carolyn. She comes in and introduces herself and asks, "I hope I'm not bothering you." Vickie replies that she isn't, that she's only writing a letter to a friend. She opens a drawer and puts the letter in it. Carolyn tells her about the place and asks her, "Any questions?" Vicki replies, "Yes. One. Who's Burke Devlin?" Carolyn replies," Burke Devlin? I don't know. Never heard the name." Vicki tells her, "Well, your uncle Roger has. When he heard the name, he reacted rather strangely." Carolyn muses, "Yes my uncle Roger. What a charming man! He's the kind of man a woman really wants. Not like the man my mother's trying to fix me up with. Joe Haskell! He's just a fisherman! Can you imagine?..."
Joe Haskell returns to the Blue Whale bar. Burke Devlin tells him, "I have a few questions to ask you about Carolyn Stoddard" Roger Collins goes to the diner at the Collinsport Inn. Maggie Evans, the waitress, tells him, "It's only 5 minutes till closing time." Roger tells her, "I need to see your father. It's important." She tells him she doesn't know where he is. He remarks, "I hear Burke Devlin is back." She replies, "Yep. I understand he's hit it big. He took three rooms upstairs and has been handing out big tips. I remember how he used to pose for my father for quarters. Funny, my father used to be quite close to him, but he never mentioned him once while he was gone."
At Collinwood, Vicki and Carolyn walk down into the drawing room. Carolyn tells Vicki, "I don't know why Roger reacted like that when he heard the name 'Devlin'. He must have had a reason." Vicki points to a picture on the wall and asks who it is. Carolyn tells her, "That's Isaac Collins. He's the one who started the Collins Dynasty back in the 17th century." While they are talking, the door starts to open. Vicki sees the door open and tells Carolyn, "You know, I'm sure I closed that door." Carolyn tells her it must be the wind.
A man named Bill Malloy goes to the diner and tells Roger, "I saw your car outside. I've just heard that Burke Devlin is back in town!" Roger nonchalantly answers, "So? 10 years is a long time." Malloy tells him he's surprised he's taking it so calmly. Roger replies, "I have more things to worry about than the movements of an ex-convict" Malloy remarks, "You must be a bigger man than I've thought. Or a bigger fool..."
At the Blue Whale, Burke Devlin is sitting in the phone booth, talking to Wilbur Strake. He tells him that he's done a good job in his file on the Collins family and that he's going to give him a bonus. Devlin returns to his table and tells Haskell, "You're at Collinwood a lot. You must see things, hear things. All I want to know is what you see and hear." Joe Haskell tells him he's not sure, that he'll have to think about it. Devlin asks him, "You ever hear of a place called Montevideo? It was in a filthy bar there that I started to hit it big. A stranger at a table offered me a proposition, just like I'm offering you one now. I didn't think, I just took it. That's what you should do." Bill Malloy shows up. He tells Haskell to leave. Haskell does. Malloy asks, "What did you want with the boy?" Devlin replies, "Oh, nothing. We were just having a friendly little chat." Malloy says, "Please, Devlin. That family's had nothing but trouble. Leave them alone." Devlin growls, "The way they left me alone?"
At Collinwood, Carolyn, having shown Vickie part of the house, tells her, "That's enough for now. We'll continue the tour some other time." They go back to Vickie's room. Vickie notices that the letter which she had put into the desk drawer is now lying on the bed and asks, "What's that doing there? I'm sure I put it in the desk drawer..."
Vicki is in her room reading. She hears a noise outside her room. She goes to the door and listens. She hears Roger and Elizabeth arguing outside. Elizabeth tells Roger, "What are you doing? Leave her alone!"
Roger and Elizabeth go downstairs. Elizabeth, thinking Roger was going to go into Vickie's room to sexually harass her, tells him, "There'll be no repeat of what just happened or I'll have to ask you to leave this house!" He tells her what he was doing. He tells her that Burke Devlin's back, that he came back on the same train as Vickie, that she talked to him, that he just wanted to find out if Devlin said anything to her about what he's doing back. Elizabeth tells him not to worry, that it's been 10 years and what happened between him and Burke is over and done, that Devlin's back for no other reason than Collinsport is his home. Carolyn, who's been
Vickie comes downstairs to the drawing room. She is asked about meeting Burke Devlin. She tells them she knows very little about him, that she didn't meet him on the train, that she only met him at the station and he gave her a ride into town. Roger asks to speak to Vickie alone. Elizabeth leaves. Roger accuses her of knowing more than she's saying and asks her to tell him the truth, saying it's important. Angered by this, Vickie storms out of the room and goes back upstairs.
The clock in the foyer shows 2:00. Vickie is in her room sleeping. She is awakened by the sound of crying. She goes downstairs to investigate. She finds the drawing room doors closed. She knocks to see if anyone is inside. The crying stops. Getting no answer to her knocking, Vickie opens the drawing room doors and goes inside. The drawing room is empty. Vicki goes back out into the foyer and is startled to see a figure standing on the stair, but then sees it's just a little boy of about 6 or 7 years of age. She greets him, "Hello, David", for that is who it obviously is. He replies, "I HATE YOU!"