Maria: I'd like to thank each and every one of you for the precious gift you left in my pocket today. Captain von Trapp: Um, what gift? Maria: It's meant to be a secret, Captain, between the children and me. Captain von Trapp: Uh-huh. Then I suggest that you keep it, and let us eat. Maria: Knowing how nervous I must have been, a stranger in a new household, knowing how important it was for me to feel accepted. It was so kind and thoughtful of you to make my first moments here so warm and happy and... pleasant. [All the while, the children look guilty. Marta starts to cry] Captain von Trapp: What is the matter, Marta? Marta: Nothing. [Louisa, Brigitta and Gretl join in, while Liesl, Friedrich and Kurt continue to look guilty] Captain von Trapp: Uh, FrÃ¤ulein... is it to be at every meal, or merely at dinnertime, that you, uh, intend leading us all through this rare and wonderful new world of... indigestion? Maria: Oh, they're all right, Captain. They're just happy. [All of the girls, except Liesl, continue to cry out of guilt]
Captain von Trapp: They haven't complained yet. Maria: Well, they wouldn't dare! They love you too much. They "fear" you too much! Captain von Trapp: I don't wish you to discuss my children in this manner. Maria: Well, you've got to hear from someone! You're never home long enough to know them. Captain von Trapp: I said I don't want to hear anymore from you about my children! Maria: I know you don't, but you've got to! Now, take Liesl. Captain von Trapp: [hesitatingly] You will not say one word about Liesl, Fraulein. Maria: She's not a child anymore, and one of these days, you're going to wake up and find that she's a woman. You won't even know her. And Friedrich, he's a boy, but he wants to be a man and there's no one to show him how. Captain von Trapp: Don't you dare tell me about my son. Maria: Brigitta could tell you about him if you let her get close to you. She notices everything. Captain von Trapp: Fraulein... Maria: And Kurt pretends he's tough not to show how hurt he is when you brush him aside, Captain von Trapp: That will do! Maria: the way you do all of them. Louisa I don't even know about yet, Captain von Trapp: I said that will do! Maria: but somebody has to find out about her, and the little ones just want to be loved. Oh, please, Captain, love them! Love them all! Captain von Trapp: I don't care to hear anything further from you about my children. Maria: I am not finished yet, Captain! Captain von Trapp: Oh, yes, you are, Captain! [pauses, then corrects himself] Captain von Trapp: Fraulein!