Betrayal

Look at the way you’re looking at me. I

Jerry

Betrayal

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Basics

Show
Character
Gender
Age Range
Style
Scene
Act II Scene IX
Time & Place
Robert and Emma’s house, their bedroom, 1968, winter
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NOTE

Monologue begins at 2:18.


Monologue Context

This monologue takes place at the very end of the play, which due to the reverse chronological

Monologue Text

Look at the way you’re looking at me. I can’t wait for you, I’m bowled over, I’m totally knocked out, you dazzle me, you jewel, my jewel, I can’t ever sleep again, no, listen, it’s the truth, I won’t walk, I’ll be a cripple, I’ll descend, I’ll diminish, into total paralysis, my life is in your hands, that’s what you’re banishing me to, a state of catatonia, do you know the state of catatonia? do you? do you? the state of…. where the reigning prince is the prince of emptiness, the prince of absence, the prince of desolation. I love you.

Everyone knows. The world knows. It knows. But they’ll never know, they’re in a different world. I adore you. I’m madly in love with you. I can’t believe that what anyone is at this moment saying has ever happened has never happened. Nothing has ever happened. Nothing. This is the only thing that has ever happened. You eyes kill me. I’m lost. You’re wonderful.

Pinter, Harold. Betrayal Faber & Faber, 2013, p.115.



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