Goodwood tries to persuade Isabel to return with him to America.
AuthorName: Valerie Rachelle
Age Range: 20s - Early, 20s - Late, 30s - Early, 30s - Late
Dialects: Standard English
PlayName: Portrait of a Lady
Rating: Suitable for all ages
Copyright Status: Copyrighted
Everything is clear to me now. It was a good thing when you made...View Full Monologue Text
Everything is clear to me now. It was a good thing when you made me come away with your cousin. He was a good man, a fine man, one of the best. He wanted me .-- so long as you were in England-- to take care of you. Do you know what Ralph said to me before he died? He said: Do everything you can for her-everything she'll let you. But if Touchett had never opened his mouth I should have known all the same. I had only to look at you at your cousin's funeral to see what's the matter with you. You can't deceive me any more; for God's sake be honest with a man who's so honest with you. You're the most unhappy of women, and your husband's the deadliest of fiends. Don't think it's necessary to defend him. But I won't say another word against him; I'll speak of you, but... how can you pretend you're not heartbroken? You don't know what to do -- you have no where to turn. Touchett knew all about it -- he knew what it would cost you to come here. It has cost you your fortune - that is now your husband's --will you let it cost you your life? Give me one word of truth ? say it! When I know such a horror as that, how can I keep myself from wishing to save you?