By Arthur Miller
Known as the main autobiographical of Arthur Miller's performs, After the Fall probes deeply into the psyche of Quentin, a guy who ruthlessly revisits his earlier to give an explanation for the disaster that's his lifestyles. His trip backward takes him via a stricken upbringing, the sour demise of his mom, and a chain of failed relationships.
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You’ve received to begin dealing with the implications of your activities, Maggie. She beverages whisky. ok. I’ll inform Carrie to name the ambulance once she sees the indicators. I’m going to sleep on the resort. He will get his jacket. MAGGIE: Don’t sleep on the hotel! QUENTIN: Then placed that stuff away and fall asleep. MAGGIE—afraid he's leaving, she attempts to gentle her tangled hair: may possibly you … remain 5 mins? QUENTIN: definite. He returns. MAGGIE: you may also have the bottle if you'd like. I won’t take from now on. She places the capsule bottle at the mattress sooner than him. QUENTIN, opposed to his desire to take it: I don’t wish the bottle. MAGGIE: ‘Member how used consult me until eventually I fell asleep? QUENTIN: Maggie, I’ve sat beside you in darkened rooms for days and weeks at a time, and my workplace taking a look low and high for me— MAGGIE: No, you misplaced endurance with me. QUENTIN, after a mild pause: That’s correct, certain. MAGGIE: so that you lied, correct? QUENTIN: definite, I lied. on a daily basis. we're all separate humans. i attempted to not be, yet eventually one is—a separate individual. i must live to tell the tale too, honey. MAGGIE: So the place you going to place me? QUENTIN, attempting to not holiday: You talk about that along with your physician. MAGGIE: but when you liked me… QUENTIN: yet how may you recognize, Maggie? are you aware to any extent further who i'm? other than my identify? I’m the entire evil on the earth, aren’t I? all of the betrayal, the damaged hopes, the murderous revenge? She pours tablets into her hand, and he stands. Now worry is in his voice. A suicide kills humans, Maggie, that’s what it’s for! So I’m elimination myself, and maybe it's going to lose its aspect. He resolutely starts off out. She falls again at the mattress. Her respiring is without warning deep. He starts off towards Carrie, who sits in semi-darkness, praying. Carrie! MAGGIE: Quentin, what’s Lazarus? He halts. She seems approximately for him, no longer understanding he has left. Quentin? now not seeing him, she starts off up up and doing; a definite alarm … Quen? He comes midway again. QUENTIN: Jesus raised him from the lifeless. within the Bible. nod off now. MAGGIE: Wha’s ’at think to turn out? QUENTIN: the ability of religion. MAGGIE: What approximately those that don't have any religion? QUENTIN: they just have the need. MAGGIE: yet the way you get the desire? QUENTIN: you've gotten religion. MAGGIE: a few apples. She lies again. A pause. i would like extra cream puffs. And my birthday costume? If I’m strong? Mama? i would like my mom! She sits up, seems to be approximately as in a dream, turns and sees him. Why you status there? She will get away from bed, squinting, and is derived as much as him, friends into his face; her expression comes alive. You—you wish track? QUENTIN: okay, you lie down, and I’ll positioned a bit tune on. MAGGIE: No, you; you, sit. And take off your sneakers. I suggest simply to leisure. You don’t need to do something. She staggers to the computer, turns it on; jazz. She attempts to sing, yet without notice comes absolutely wide awake. was once I drowsing? QUENTIN: For a second, i feel. MAGGIE, coming towards him in terror: Was—was my—was anyone else the following? QUENTIN: No. simply me. MAGGIE: Is there smoke? With a cry she clings to him; he holds her shut. QUENTIN: Your mother’s useless and long gone, pricey, she can’t damage you any further, don’t be afraid.