Radium Girls – Monologue (Grace)

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A monologue from the play by D.W. Gregory

Grace explains to her mother why she is going to court rather than take a settlement from the radium company.

The first two lines are lines of dialogue which can be included as part of the monologue or not.

Grace

I’m goin’ to court, Ma. I want those people to look at me! I want them to look at me and explain how it’s my fault I got sick working in their factory!

Ma. All my life, I’ve done what other people told me to do. I quit school. Because you said I should. I put that brush in my mouth ‘cause Mrs. McNeil said I should.

I never said, please can’t I finish school? I never said, I don’t like the taste of the paint. I never argued. Even though I knew – Ma. I knew somethin’ wasn’t right.

At night, I’d lie in bed, and I’d see my dress. Hanging on the back of the closet door. All aglow. My shoes on the floor. My hairbrush. And comb.

On the dresser. So much light, Ma. So much light! And I never once questioned. I never once asked! Don’t you see?

They knew I wouldn’t. That’s what they were counting on.

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