Age Range: 20s - Early, 20s - Late
Dialects: American Southern
PlayName: Summer and Smoke
Rating: Suitable for all ages
Copyright Status: Copyrighted
This monologue takes place at the end of Scene 2. Alma's mother has just told Nellie, much to Alma's utter embarrassment, that Alma is in love with John. In this monologue, Alma is confronting her mentally ill mother. She tells her to never say such a thing again. Alma tells her mother that it is her fault that she (Alma) is aging prematurely and if only her mother were kind, she could easily bear her as a burden.
This monologue takes place in Scene Eleven, after Alma kisses John and John pulls away from her. She tells John that the Alma who said no to his advances last summer has died. She says that before that Alma died, she told her not to let anything get in the way of what she wants, not even pride, otherwise she will end up with nothing.
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This monologue takes place in Scene Eleven after John pulls away from Alma's kiss and tells her that he now believes as she does that the body contains a soul. In this monologue, Alma tells John how she has loved him since childhood and pleads with him to tell her why it is that he can't love her in return.
This monologue takes place toward the end of Scene One. John has hurt Alma's feelings by telling her that someone was doing a cruel imitation of her at a party he attended. In this monologue, Alma tells him that she hears unpleasant things about him in her social circle as well. She chastises him for acting childishly and recklessly even though he is a doctor who should be living his life in a manner that earns the trust of his patients.
AuthorName: Tennessee Williams
Eras: 1951-2000, 1901-1950
This monologue takes place in the first scene of the play when John and Alma meet again as adults. After John tells Alma that looking through a microscope is like looking into another universe, Alma goes on about how magnificent and religious it must be to be a doctor. She imagines that it's marvelous to be able to bring some kind of relief to the suffering and the fearful.
This monologue takes place in Scene Eleven after John tells Alma that her eyes and voice are the warmest he's ever known, but that they don't seem to belong to her physical being. In this monologue, Alma speaks with bitter irony that the two of them seem to have switched beliefs. Now she wants a sexual relationship with John and suddenly he's only concerned with their spiritual bond and wants nothing of her physically.