A, B, and C are all the same woman, at differing stages of her life.
Start: C: (To A; slowly, with great emphasis, but no anger) I...will...not...become...you. I will not. I...I deny you.
A (Mildly amused) Oh? Yes? You deny me?
(To them all)
Yes? You all deny me?
End: A: I was talking about...what: coming to the end of it; yes. So. There it is. You asked, after all. That’s the happiest moment.
(A looks to C and B, puts her hands out, takes theirs. Continued)
When it’s all done. When we stop. When we can stop.
Edward Albee, “Three Tall Women” in The Collected Plays of Edward Albee Vol. 3, Overlook Duckworth, 2008, pp.382-4.
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