A View from the Bridge

It's only that I—He was good to me, Rodo

Catherine Carbone

A View from the Bridge

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Act Two
Time & Place
1950s Brooklyn, Tenement Apartment
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Monologue Context

It is the first time that Catherine has been alone in the house with Rodolpho. She has confronted

Monologue Text

It's only that I—He was good to me, Rodolpho. You don't know him; he was always the sweetest guy to me. Good. He razzes me all the time but he don't mean it. I know. I would just feel ashamed if I made him sad. 'Cause I always dreamt that when I got married he would be happy at the wedding, and laughin'—and now he's—mad all the time and nasty— (She is weeping.) Tell him you'd live in Italy—just tell him, and maybe he would start to trust you a little, see? Because I want him to be happy; I mean—I like him, Rodolpho—and I can't stand it! […] If I was a wife I would make a man happy instead of goin' at him all the time. I can tell a block away when he's blue in his mind and just wants to talk to somebody quiet and nice... I can tell when he's hungry or wants a beer before he even says anything. I know when his feet hurt him, I mean I know him and now I'm supposed to turn around and make a stranger out of him? I don't know why I have to do that, I mean.

Miller, Arthur. A View from the Bridge, Bloomsbury, 2010, p 55.



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