Mary and Patrick have an everyday routine which suggests the
monotony of their lives. Mary, six months pregnant, is
Patrick's servant, trying to anticipate his every want and need.
What Mary doesn't recognize immediately is Patrick's tension
when he breaks that routine. Patrick finishes off his first drink
in one gulp and makes himself a stronger one after that. They
usually go out to eat on Thursdays, but Mary offers to cook
something and serve it to Patrick if he prefers to stay in. Patrick
doesn't want dinner, and he doesn't want the snack Mary offers to
make him. Patrick is growing more tense with the ticking of the
Finally, Patrick tells Mary he's leaving her, but he'll take
care of her and the baby monetarily. Mary can't even begin to
understand what Patrick has told her. Her actions after that
reflect the routine she has followed each day of taking
something out of the freezer to cook for her husband.