Screenplay ~~- The Baby-Making War

Jacob Asks Laban To Let Him Leave

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JACOB
(to Laban)
Send me on my way, so I can go to my own place, my country, [and recover my lost fortune].

LABAN
(scoffs)
Never!

JACOB
Let me take my wives and my children, for whom I've [paid by] serving youโ€”

LABAN
About that...

JACOB
Let me go. You know [what great] service I've given to you.

LABAN
(answers Jacob)
Please, if I've found favor in your eyes, stay.

JACOB
Why?

LABAN
I've learned by divination that Yahweh is blessing me because [I'm connected with] you.

JACOB
'Don't care.

LABAN
(sneaky-eyed)
Name your wage, and I'll pay it.

JACOB
(sneaky-eyed)
You know how I've served you, and how your cattle prospered under my care.

LABAN
My workers helped.

JACOB
When I came here [to parched Haran] your herd was tiny!

LABAN
Medium.

JACOB
But [to bless me, YAH] multiplied [your herd] into a swarm!

LABAN
Time works its magic.

JACOB
Yahweh blessed YOU wherever I went.

LABAN
Coincidence.

JACOB
But when do I get to provide for MY family?

LABAN
What can I give you to keep you here?

JACOB
Don't GIVE me anything.

LABAN
Nothing?

JOSEPH
Only if you do one thing for me, will I come back and feed and guard your flocks:

LABAN
Okay.

JACOB
I'll [ride a camel] through your whole flock today, culling out all the speckled or spotted cattle and goats, plus all the brown sheep. [You will continue to own these animals, but] their offspring will be my pay.

LABAN
That's it?

JACOB
And my honesty will testify for me in the future, whenever you check on the wages you've paid me. Any goat in my possession that is not speckled or spotted, or any lamb that is not dark-colored, [you] can say I stole [and collect damages].

LABAN
[Let's] do what you just said.

Jacob slyly smiles, (knowing Laban doesn't see that Jacob has been playing a confidence game, and finally Jacob's about to cash in).