A Streetcar Named Desire

When I think of how divine it is going t

Blanche DuBois

A Streetcar Named Desire

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Scene 10
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New Orleans, 1940s.
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Blanche DuBois has come to New Orleans to stay with her sister, Stella, and Stella’s sexy but

Monologue Text

When I think of how divine it is going to be to have such a thing as privacy once more -- I could weep with joy!

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It won’t be the sort of thing you have in mind. This man is a gentleman and he respects me. What he wants is my companionship. Having great wealth sometimes makes people lonely! A cultivated woman, a woman of intelligence and breeding, can enrich a man's life--immeasurably! I have those things to offer, and this doesn't take them away. Physical beauty is passing. A transitory possession. But beauty of the mind and richness of the spirit and tenderness of the heart--and I have all of those things--aren't taken away, but grow. Increase with the years! How strange that I should be called a destitute woman! When I have all of these treasures locked in my heart. [A choked sob comes from her] I think of myself as a very, very rich woman. But I have been foolish--casting my pearls before swine.

Williams, Tennessee. A Streetcar Named Desire Signet Books, 1951. pp.125-6.



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