The Man Who Came to Dinner

Now listen to me, Whiteside. I know you.

Maggie Cutler

The Man Who Came to Dinner

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Act One, Scene Two
Time & Place
The Stanley home, Afternoon
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Monologue Context

Strong-willed, intelligent Maggie Cutler is an excellent secretary, and truly fond

Monologue Text

Now listen to me, Whiteside. I know you. Lay off, I know what a devil you can be. I’ve seen you do it to other people, but don’t you dare do it to me. Don’t drug yourself into the idea that all you’re thinking of is my happiness. You’re thinking of yourself a little bit, too, and all those months of breaking in somebody new. I’ve seen you in a passion before when your life has been disrupted, and you couldn’t dine in Calcutta on July twelfth with Boo-Boo. Well, that’s too bad, but there it is. I’m going to marry Bert if he’ll have me, and don’t you dare try any of your tricks. I’m on to every one of them. So lay off. That’s my message to you, Big Lord Fauntleroy.

Hart, Moss, and Kaufman, George S. The Man Who Came to Dinner. Dramatists Play Service, Inc. 1967. pp. 29-30.

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