The Man Who Came to Dinner

It means, Mr. Whiteside, that I am leavi

Miss Preen

The Man Who Came to Dinner

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Age Range
Act Three, Scene One
Time & Place
The Stanley Home, December, 1930s, Ohio,
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Monologue Context

Miss Preen is a dedicated, hard-working, somewhat humorless nurse, living in the

Monologue Text

It means, Mr. Whiteside, that I am leaving. My address is on the desk inside, you can send me a check. I am not only walking out on this case, Mr. Whiteside, but I am leaving the nursing profession. I became a nurse because all my life, ever since I was a little girl, I was filled with the idea of serving a suffering humanity. After one month with you, Mr. Whiteside, I am going to work in a munitions factory. From now on anything I can do to help exterminate the human race will fill me with the greatest pleasure. If Florence Nightingale had ever nursed you, Mr. Whiteside, she would have married Jack the Ripper instead of founding the Red Cross. Good day.

Hart, Moss, and Kaufman, George S. The Man Who Came to Dinner. Dramatists Play Service, Inc. 1967. pp. 70-71.

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