Compleat Female Stage Beauty

I fight him! I fight him off, I fight fo

Maria

Compleat Female Stage Beauty

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Basics

Character
Gender
Style
Scene
Act Two, Scene Seven
Time & Place
London, 1666
Length
Time Period
Show Type

Monologue Context

Maria is a woman suffering from unrequited love. The object of her affections, Ned Kynaston, is not

Monologue Text

I fight him! I fight him off, I fight for my life! I won’t let him kill me!

But still he kills me. I always hated you as Desdemona, you never fought! You just died...beautifully.

No woman would die like that, no matter how much she loved him. A woman would fight! She’d fight and leave her love, if that were it! Only a man would act it any other way.

Hatcher, Jeffrey. Compleat Female Stage Beauty. Samuel French, 1999, pp. 60



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