Anna Christie

Not on your life, it wasn't. It was true

Anna Christie (nee Christopherson)

Anna Christie

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Act 1
Time & Place
New York, 1920s
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Monologue Context

Anna is talking to Marthy Owen, a tough, masculine woman who lives on and off with Anna's father,

Monologue Text

Not on your life, it wasn't. It was true for two years. I didn't go wrong all at one jump. Being a nurse girl was yust what finished me. Taking care of other people's kids, always listening to their bawling and crying, caged in, when you're only a kid yourself and want to go out and see things. At last I got the chance—to get into that house. And you bet your life I took it! [Defiantly.] And I ain't sorry neither. [After a pause—with bitter hatred.] It was all men's fault—the whole business. It was men on the farm ordering and beating me—and giving me the wrong start. Then when I was a nurse, it was men again hanging around, bothering me, trying to see what they could get. [She gives a hard laugh.] And now it's men all the time. Gawd, I hate 'em all, every mother's son of 'em! Don't you?