By Arthur Miller
Victor, a brand new York cop nearing retirement, strikes between furnishings within the disused attic of a home marked for demolition. cupboards, desks, a broken harp, an overstuffed armchair - the relics of a misplaced lifetime of affluence he's ultimately come to promote. but if his brother Walter, who he hasn't spoken to in years, arrives, the debate stops being with regards to even if Victor's been provided a good rate for the furnishings, and turns to the fee that one and never the opposite of them paid whilst their father misplaced either his fortune and the need to move on ...
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ESTHER: What do you suggest, a couple of funds? VICTOR, attempting to retract: I didn’t comprehend he— ESTHER: yet you knew he had anything? VICTOR, stuck; as if in a dream the place not anything is explicable: I didn’t say that. ESTHER: Then what are you asserting? VICTOR, pointing at Walter: Don’t you might have something to claim to him? ESTHER: i need to appreciate what you’re announcing! You knew he had funds left? VICTOR: no longer 4 thousand dol— ESTHER: yet sufficient to make out? VICTOR, crying out in anger and for free up: I couldn’t nail him to the wall, may possibly I? He stated he had not anything! ESTHER, pointing out and asking: yet you knew greater. VICTOR: I don’t understand what I knew! He has known as this out, and his voice and phrases shock him. He sits staring, cornered by means of what he senses in himself. ESTHER: It’s a farce. It’s all a goddamned farce! VICTOR: Don’t. Don’t say that. ESTHER: Farce! to stay us right into a provided room so that you might ship him a part of your pay? Even when we have been married, to move on sending him cash? eliminate having young ones, reside like mice—and forever you knew he … ? Victor, I’m attempting to comprehend you. Victor? —Victor! VICTOR, roaring out, agonized: cease it! Silence. Then: Jesus, you can’t go away every thing out like this. the fellow used to be a crushed puppy, ashamed to stroll on the street, how do you call for his final buck—? ESTHER: You’re nonetheless announcing that? the guy had 4 thousand money! he's silent. It used to be all an act! overwhelmed puppy! —he used to be a calculating liar! And on your center you knew it! he's struck silent via the actual fact, that is nonetheless ungraspable. No ask yourself you’re paralyzed—you haven’t believed a note you’ve stated these types of years We’ve been mendacity away our life most of these years; down the sewer, every day after day … to guard a depressing reasonable manipulator. No ask yourself all of it appeared like a dream to me—it was once; a goddamned nightmare. I knew it used to be all unreal, I knew it and that i allow it move by way of. good, I can’t any longer, child. I can’t watch it one other day. I’m no longer able to die. She strikes towards her handbag. She sits. Pause. VICTOR—not going to her; he can’t. he's status yards from her. This isn’t real both. ESTHER: we're death, that’s what’s precise! VICTOR: I’ll inform you what occurred. you need to pay attention it? She catches the inability of advocacy in his tone, the simplicity. He strikes from her, accumulating himself, and glances on the middle chair, then at Walter. I did inform him what you’d stated to me. I confronted him with it. He doesn’t pass on; his eyes visit the chair. no longer that I “faced” him, I simply instructed him—“Walter acknowledged to invite you. ” He stops; his stare is at the middle chair, stuck via reminiscence; in influence, the final line was once addressed to the chair. WALTER: And what occurred? Pause. VICTOR, quietly: He laughed. I didn’t be aware of what to make of it. let you know the truth—to Esther—I don’t imagine every week has passed by that I haven’t visible that snort. love it used to be a few form of a wild joke—because we have been consuming rubbish the following. He breaks off. I didn’t comprehend what i used to be speculated to do. and that i went out. I went—he sits, staring—over to Bryant Park in the back of the general public library. mild pause.