Network – Monologue (Louise)

A monologue from the screenplay by Paddy Chayefsky


Then get out. Go anywhere you want. Go to a hotel, go live with her, but don’t come back! 

Because, after 25 years of building a home and raising a family and all the senseless pain that we have inflicted on each other,

I’m damned if I’m gonna stand here and have you tell me you’re in love with somebody else! Because this isn’t a convention weekend with your secretary, is it?

Or, or some broad that you picked up after three belts of booze. This is your great winter romance, isn’t it? 

Your last roar of passion before you settle into your emeritus years. Is that what’s left for me? Is that my share?

She gets the winter passion and I get the dotage? What am I supposed to do?

Am I supposed to sit at home knitting and purling while you slink back like some penitent drunk? I’m your wife, damn it!

And if you can’t work up a winter passion for me, the least I require is respect and allegiance! … 

I hurt, don’t you understand that? I hurt badly!

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