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The Abstract Life

Act 1, Scene 7



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New York City, 1950
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Act 1, Scene 7

Scene Context

Bella, a Russian immigrant, passes on what she has learned about America to the

Scene Text

BELLA

You're not going to school — today. Trust Bella. First, a girl's got to learn the American Way. Do you know what that means?

Marguerite shakes her head.

BELLA

America isn't like France. It's a world unto itself, a new world that's all future and no past. And the people... Americans are a bunch of upstarts and outlaws who thumb their noses at tradition and do things their own way — and that's the American Way.

MARGUERITE

Papa says Americans lack discernment.

BELLA

(chuckling)

The man's entitled to his opinion.

MARGUERITE

What means discernment?

BELLA

It's something snooty people claim to have that others don't. Snooty people are jackasses. But back to the American Way...

(taking a folded map from her satchel)

I've created a curriculum, a roving curriculum. The city streets will be