“Now that I’m dead I know everything,” begins Penelope, opening The
START: Now that I’m dead I know everything. This is what I wished would happen, but like so many of my wishes it’s failed to come true. I know only a few factoids that I didn’t know before. Death is much too high a price to pay for the satisfaction of curiosity, needless to say.
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END: That’s the line they take, the singers, the yarn-spinners. Don’t follow my example, I want to scream in your ears - yes, yours! But when I try to scream, I sound like an owl.
For full extended monologue, please refer to the script edition cited here: Atwood, Margaret, The Penelopiad, Faber and Faber, 2007, pp. 3-4.
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