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A monologue from the play by Horton Foote
Oh, my God! That worries me so. Suppose I think I’m in love with a man and I marry him and it turns out I’m not in love with him.
(A pause.) What does being in love mean?
I wish I didn’t think so much. I wish to heaven I didn’t. Everything bad that happens to a girl I begin to worry it will happen to me.
All night I’ve been worrying. Part of the time I’ve been worrying that I’d end up an old maid like Aunt Sarah,
and part of the time I worry that I’ll fall in love with someone like Syd and defy Papa and run off with him
and then realize I made a mistake and part of the time I worry.. (A pause.) that what happened to Sibyl Thomas will happen to me and.. (A pause.)
could what happened to Sibyl Thomas ever happen to you? I don’t mean the dying part. I know we all have to die.
I mean the other part having a baby before she was married. How do you think it happened to her? Do you think he loved her?
Do you think it was the only time she did? You know.. (A pause.) Old, common, Anna Landry said in the girls room at school,
she did it whenever she wanted to, with whomever she wanted to and nothing ever happened to her. And if it did she would get rid of it.
How do women do that? I guess well never know. I don’t trust Anna Landry and I don’t know who else to ask.
Can you imagine the expression on Mamas face, or Aunt Lucy’s or Mrs. Cookenboo’s if I asked them something like that? (A pause.)
Anyway, even if I knew I would be afraid to do something like that before I got married for fear God would strike me dead. (A pause.)
Aunt Sarah said that Sibyls baby dying was Gods punishment of her sin. Aunt Lucy said if God punished sinners that way there would be a lot of dead babies.
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