Summer and Smoke

If I ever I hear you say such a thing ag

Alma Winemiller

Summer and Smoke

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Age Range
Act 1, Scene 3
Time & Place
Alma's home at the rectory
Time Period
Show Type

Monologue Context

Williams describes Mrs. Winemiller as having been a spoiled and selfish young girl,

Monologue Text

If I ever I hear you say such a thing again, if ever you dare to repeat such a thing in my presence or anybody else’s—then it will be the last straw! You understand me? Yes, you understand me! You act like a child, but you have the devil in you. And God will punish you—yes! I’ll punish you too. I’ll take your cigarettes from you and give you no more. I’ll give you no ice cream either. Because I’m tired of your malice. Yes, I’m tired of your malice and your self-indulgence. People wonder why I’m tied down here! They pity me—think of me as an old maid already! In spite of the fact that I’m young. Still young! Its you—it’s you, you’ve taken my youth away from me! I wouldn’t say that—I’d try not even to think it—if you were just kind, just simple! But I could spread my life out like a rug for you to step on and you’d step on it, and not even say “Thank you, Alma!” Which is what you’ve done always—and now you dare to tell a disgusting lie about me—in front of that girl!

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