AuthorName: Valerie Rachelle
PlayName: Portrait of a Lady
Rating: Suitable for all ages
Copyright Status: Copyrighted
Age Range: 20s - Early, 20s - Late, 30s - Early, 30s - Late
Dialects: Standard English
No, I'm not in love with her, but I should be if ... if certain...View Full Monologue Text
No, I'm not in love with her, but I should be if ... if certain things were different. I haven't many convictions; but I have three or four that I hold strongly. One is that people, on the whole, had better not marry their cousins. Another is that people in an advanced stage of pulmonary disorder had better not marry at all. I take great interest in my cousin, but not the sort of interest you desire. I shall not live many years; but I hope I shall live long enough to see what she does with herself. I should like to do something for her. You tell me I have money enough for two. What I want is that you should kindly relieve me of half my inheritance and make it over to Isabel. If she has an easy income she'll never have to marry for support. That's what I want to prevent. She wishes to be free and your bequest will make her free.
Ralph makes the case to his father that Isabel should inherit a share of their fortune.