|Age Range(s)||Teenager (13-19), Young Adult (20-35)|
|Type of monologue / Character is||In love, Insecure, Afraid, Confessing|
|Description||Rose must choose: her growing love for Sam, or freedom|
Set in New York in the 20s, this play takes place entirely in front of an apartment building. It has various story lines and follows various characters. One of them is Rose Maurrant who is in love with her neighbor Sam Kaplan but is also dealing with problems with her job and boss. In this monologue, Rose is saying goodbye to Sam as she wants to leave New York city and doesn't want to commit to the relationship.
Written by Sophie Ante
|ROSE: "Well, I haven't really had any time to do much thinking. But I really think the best thing I could do, wold be to get out of New York. You know, like we were saying, this morning - how things might be different, if you only had a chance to breathe and spread out a little. Only when I said it, I never dreamt it would ever be this way. I like you so much, Sam. I like you better than anybody I know....|
It would be so nice to be with you. You're different from anybody I know. But I'm just wondering how it would work out...
There's lots of things to be considered. Suppose something was to happen - well, suppose I was to have a baby, say. That sometimes happens even when you don't want it to. What would we do then? We'd be tied down then, for life, just like all the other people around here. They all start out loving each other and thinking everything is going to be fine - and before you know it, they find out they haven't a got anything and they wish they could do it all over again - only it's too late..
It's what you said just now - about people belonging to each other. I don't think people ought to belong to anybody but themselves. I was thinking, that if my mother had really belonged to herself, and that if my father had really belonged to himself, it never would have happened. It was only because they were always depending on somebody else, for what they ought to have had inside themselves. Do you see what I mean, Sam? That's why I don't want to belong to anybody, and why I don't want anybody to belong to me..
I want love more than anything else in the world. But loving and belonging aren't the same thing. Sam, dear, listen. If we say good bye now, it doesn't mean that it has to be forever. maybe someday, when we're older and wiser, things will be different. don't look as if it was the end of the world, Sam!
It isn't, Sam! If you'd only believe in yourself, a little more, things wouldn't look nearly so bad. because once you're sure of yourself, the things that happen to you, aren't so important. The way I look at it, it's not what you do that matters so much; it's what you are. I'm so fond of you, Sam. And I've got such a lot of confidence in you. Give me a nice kiss!"