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Young Marion, engaged to Alfred, has fallen for handsome stranger Michael who she recently nursed to health after a fall.  His casual goodbye kiss leaves her fluttering as she explores her conflicted feelings -  until sister Grace delivers unexpected news.

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“FLUTTERING”

MARION

    I SHOULD HAVE SLAPPED HIS FACE
    I SHOULD BE MORE ENRAGED
    I'M GETTING MAD PROPOSALS FROM A STRANGER
    HIS WORDS WERE OUT OF PLACE
    FOR I AM STILL ENGAGED
    TO ALFRED HEATHFIELD, MAN OF MY DREAMS

    OH, I'M A-FLUTTERING
    SHAKING LIKE A LEAF IN A GALE
    LOOK AT ME
    I'M A-PUTTERING AROUND
    FEET ARE OFF THE GROUND
    I LOOK PALE
    I'M LIKE A STARLING
    FLITTING AROUND
    AND EMITTING A SOUND
    THAT'S A BEACON TO BIRDS
    HE CALLED ME “DARLING”
    AND GAVE ME A KISS
    I'M NOT TREATED LIKE THIS
    THAT IS, NOT TILL TODAY
    HE HAS SUCH A WAY WITH HIS WORDS.

    WHAT WAS IT IN THE STORIES HE TOLD
    THAT MADE ME FEEL LIKE A SEVEN-YEAR OLD?
    AND ALL AT ONCE I'M FLUTTERING

    WHY AM I WAVERING?
    MICHAEL'S BRIGHT AND FUN, BUT IS HE TRUE?
    MAYBE I SHOULD KEEP FAVORING THE ONE
    PA TREATS LIKE A SON
    WHAT TO DO?
    I HEAR TWO VOICES
    PLEADING FOR ME
    WHO'D HAVE THOUGHT I COULD BE
    SUCH A SOUGHT AFTER PRIZE?
    I NOW HAVE CHOICES
    LIKE AN ADULT
    AND I LIKE THE RESULT
    I'M UNLEASHED AND UNFURLED
    SUDDENLY WORLDLY AND WISE.

    HERE IS SOMEONE DIFFERENT THAN
    I'VE EVER MET BEFORE
    MAKING EVERY OTHER MAN IN ENGLAND SEEM A BORE
    A FINER MAN YOU COULDN'T FIND...

GRACE (entering):  Marion!  What news!  Alfred is coming home tomorrow night, and you are to be married on Christmas day!  Where are you going?

MARION:  To see Michael off.

GRACE:  He's already gone.  I saw him ride away.  Did you forget to say goodbye, silly girl?

(GRACE exits.  MARION is stopped short.  After a moment, she sings:)

MARION

    OH, NO, I'M NOT FLUTTERING ANY MORE.

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