Our Town

I’m celebrating because I’ve got a frien

George Gibbs

Our Town

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Act 2
Time & Place
Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, 1903
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Monologue Context

George Gibbs loves Emily Webb -- but Emily has just told George that he’s become

Monologue Text

I’m celebrating because I’ve got a friend who tells me all the things that ought to be told me. I’m glad you spoke to me like you did. But you’ll see. I’m going to change. And Emily, I want to ask you a favor. Emily, if I go away to State Agricultural College next year, will you write me a letter? The day wouldn’t come when I wouldn’t want to know everything about our town. Y’ know, Emily, whenever I meet a farmer I ask him if he thinks it’s important to go to Agricultural School to be a good farmer. And some of them say it’s even a waste of time. And like you say, being gone all that time – in other places, and meeting other people. I guess new people probably aren’t any better than old ones. Emily – I feel that you’re as good a friend as I’ve got. I don’t need to go and meet the people in other towns. Emily, I’m going to make up my mind right now – I won’t go. I’ll tell Pa about it tonight.

Wilder, Thornton. Our Town Harper Publishing, 1957, pp.66-7.

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