Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Brick,y’know I’ve been so God damn disgu

Maggie

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

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Act I
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A bedroom on the Pollitt plantation, Mississippi
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Monologue Context

Maggie is married to Brick Pollitt, a former athlete and sports announcer who has turned to alcohol

Monologue Text

Brick,y’know I’ve been so God damn disgustingly poor all my life!- That’s the truth, Brick!

(BRICK: I’m not sayin’ it isn’t)

Always had to suck up to people I couldn’t stand because they had money and I was poor as Job’s turkey. You don’t know what it’s like. Well, I’ll tell you, it’s like you would feel a thousand miles away from Echo Spring!- And had to get back to it on that broken ankle… without a crutch!

That’s how it feels to be as poor as Job’s turkey and have to suck up to relatives that you hated because they had money and all you had was a bunch of hand-me-down clothes and a few old moldy three per cent government bonds. My daddy loved his liquor, he fell in love with his liquor the same way you’ve fallen in love with Echo Spring!- And my poor Mama, having to maintain some semblance of social position, to keep appearances up, on an income of one hundred and fifty dollars a month on those old government bonds!

When I came out, the year I made my debut, I had just two evening dresses! One Mother made me from a pattern in Vogue, the other a hand-me-down from a snotty rich cousin I hated! -The dress that I married you in was my grandmother’s weddin’ gown… So that’s why I’m like a cat on a hot tin roof!

You can be young without money but you can’t be old without it. You’ve got to be old with money because to be old without it is just too awful, you’ve got to be one or the other, either young or with money, you can’t be old and without it.- That’s the truth, Brick…




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