The Man Who Came to Dinner

London?... Hello. Hello… Cedric! Cedric,

Lorraine Sheldon

The Man Who Came to Dinner

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Age Range
Act Two, Scene One
Time & Place
The Stanley Home, December, 1930s,
Time Period
Show Type

Monologue Context

Lorraine Sheldon is a beautiful, glamorous star of stage and screen, with an effusive and

Monologue Text

London?... Hello. Hello… Cedric! Cedric, is this you? … why Cedric, you darling! Why, what a surprise? How’d you know I was here? … Darling, don’t talk so fast and you won’t stutter so… That’s better… Yes, now I can hear you… Yes, very clearly. It’s as though you were just around the corner… I see… what? … Darling! Cedric, dearest, would you wait just one moment? (She turns to Maggie.) Maggie, would you mind? It’s Lord Bottomley -- a very personal call. Would you mind? (Back to Cedric.) Yes, my dearest -- now tell me… Cedric, please don’t stutter so. Don’t be nervous. (She listens for a moment.) Oh, my darling. Oh, my sweet. You don’t know how I’ve prayed for this, every night on the boat… Darling, yes! YES, a thousand times yes!... I’ll take a plane right out of here and catch the next boat. Oh, my sweet, we’re going to be the happiest people in the world. I wish I were there now in your arms, Cedric... What? … Cedric, don’t stutter so… Yes, and I love you, my darling -- oh, so much!... Oh, my dear sweet. My darling, my darling… Yes, yes! I will, I will, darling! I’ll be thinking of you every moment…. You’ve made me the happiest girl in the world… Good-bye, good-bye, darling. Good-bye.

Hart, Moss, and Kaufman, George S. The Man Who Came to Dinner. Dramatists Play Service, Inc. 1967. pp. 56.

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