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Alice Sycamore

You Can't Take It With You

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Age Range
Act 1, Scene 2
Time & Place
The Vanderhof/Sycamore house, New York, NY, 1936
Time Period
Show Type

Monologue Context

Alice is in love with Tony, who has just proposed to her. She is concerned, however,

Monologue Text

No, it isn’t-it’s never quite that. I love them, Tony-I love them deeply. Some people could break away, but I couldn’t. I know they do rather strange things...but they’re gay, and they’re fun, and...I don’t know...there’s a kind nobility about them [... ...] It goes deeper Tony. Your mother believes in spiritualism because it's fashionable, and your father raises orchids because he can afford to. My mother writes plays because eight years ago a typewriter was delivered here by mistake [... ...] And look at Grandpa. Thirty-five years ago he just quit business one day. He started up to office in the elevator and came right down again. He just stopped. He could have been a rich man, but he said it took too much time. SO, for thirty-five years, he's just collected snakes, and gone to circuses, and commencements. It never occurs to any of them...

Hart, Moss & George S. Kaufman. You Can't Take It With You Dramatists Play Service Acting Edition, p.31.

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