All Lisa wants is to impress her literary idol, Ruth Steiner. Lisa is
Start: You don’t get it, do you? Put it away. Please. (Ruth does. A beat. Avoids eye contact) You know? All I want . . . (Takes a deep breath) I want so much to please you.
End: I’m sorry I touched your things. I thought you would appreciate it; I’m sorry. (Still not looking at her, she starts to head for the door) If you’re hungry, there’s dinner in the fridge.
For full monologue please see Margulies, Donald, Collected Stories, Theatre Communications Group, 1998, pp. 29-30.