|Age Range(s)||Young Adult (20-35), Adult (36-50)|
|Type of monologue / Character is||Angry, Scolding, Lamenting, Complaining, Frustrated|
|Genre||Romance, Drama, Comedy|
|Description||She reacts to He's request for separation|
|Location||One ACT play|
This one act play starts right off with an argument. He and She are in a living room. She is lying in a long chair, smoking a cigarette and reading a book. He is sitting at a table, trying to write. The argument starts when He complains that the lamp doesn't have enough oil and escalates to him complaining about her friendship with Hank and her "spiritual infidelity". Eventually he suggests that "they ought to separate" and this monologue (intercut with He's dialogue) is She's answer.
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|SHE: Oh, very well, if you're so keen on it. But remember, you suggest it. I never said I wanted to separate from you--if I had, I wouldn't be here now.... You, on account of your love for me, have tyrannized over me, bothered me, badgered me, nagged me, for fifteen years. You have interfered with me, taken my time and strength, and prevented me from accomplishing great works for the good of humanity. You have crushed my soul, which longs for serenity and peace, with your perpetual complaining!....But you see, my dear, I am more philosophical than you, and I recognize all this as necessity. Men and women are natural enemies, like cat and dog--only more so. They are forced to live together for a time, or this wonderful race couldn't go on. In addition, in order to have the best children, men and women of totally opposite temperaments must live together. The shock and flame of two hostile temperaments meeting is what produces fine children. Well, we have fulfilled our fate and produced our children, and they are good ones. But really--to expect also to live in peace together--we as different as fire and water, or sea and land--that's too much!|