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Mar. 26, 2014 Day #42
(Solitary- Scene 5) (c)
by Janet S. Tiger
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This is actually a scene with two people, not really a monologue, so I am only posting the monologue from the very end of the scene. This is part of Solitary - for those who have not read the early pieces, I recommend doing so - even though each monologue is designed to stand on its own. Solitary the one-act consists of, so far, Day # 11, Day #14, Day #16, Day # 18- if you want to see them all together, as a one-act, click here
The scene begins like this-
(The set is bare except for two chairs and a table. The lighting is harsh, institutional. Lights up on Annie, who is a thinnish woman in her twenties, but looks like she's been through much more. She is nervous. We hear a door clanking open, and JJ walks in, wearing the prison uniform. They look at each other awkwardly.)
Later in scene -
(Annie looks at him with pure venom - if she could slap him, she would, but in this setting she can't, so instead, she just stands up as tall as she can.)
(Furious, but as controlled as she can be) How did I figure out to ask you this? How did I learn to be so.....so devious? (With deep contempt) I learned.... from you, JJ, and you were a helluva teacher!
Who told me I couldn't get pregnant the first time we did it? I seem to remember that was you! That you didn't have a rubber because it was so sudden! You were so moved by my ...beauty! And when we were talking about maybe an abortion was a good idea, because we so young, you must’ve read the whole Bible to me on that one!.....(Quieter, madder) And you said that you'd take care of me, and the baby.....and we'd never have to worry, that every day would be like Canobie Park! Like this damned picture we took! Remember?
(She reaches into her pocket and takes out a small photo, shows it to him, then rips it up and drops it on the floor. She is pointed now, very on target.)
You remember how you got me to sleep with your Eddie? Your…pal….Eddie. You told me that Eddie was like a brother to you and in the (almost spits out the words).. the Bible, husbands shared their wives with their brothers...... you even showed me a passage that ...proved this!
And I was too stoned.....too stupid....(almost crying) … too much in love with you for some unknown reason! And so I did it.......and when you convinced me to .....(hard for her to say) go with those other guys to get money for the smoke, and the meth.......you had a Bible quote for that, too. (Quotes) Corinthians.'For the wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does......'’ Is it any wonder I don't go to church anymore?
But you knew that Bible pretty well, didn't you? You figured out that people gave more money when you were panhandling when you could tell them why they should give you money....from Jesus' own lips. Are you ashamed of that? Are you proud of that? That's what you taught me, Jimmy, that's how you taught me! (cont.)
(cont.) And now you're upset I was too good a student! (Laughs) That's a good joke! And now you sit in your cell, reading your (contemptuous)...your Bible and telling the world how you have changed...well, ask me if I believe you anymore......
Go ahead, ask......
(Jimmy is silent, very ashamed)
I didn't think so....
So, I don't think I'm asking that much from you......I mean, you do understand how this is gonna work, right? Your mother takes Jody.....for good, and I...I put through the divorce papers.....finally....and I will sign the official papers so that the baby I had with Connor, and this new baby inside of me from.....Luke.....they will no longer be considered yours.......and you will not have three mouths to send money for when you get out of here in God knows what year!
Got it? Did you learn me good? Isn't that in the Bible, too? Remember this one? (Quotes) Lamentations 3:27 - '[It is] good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.'
I think we both have a lot of yoke - you could say, 'the yokes on us' - right? Is that funny, or what?
(Jimmy stands there, his head is down, he is trying not to cry)
Annie - (Quiet) Do we have a deal?
Annie- Good choice. Not that you had any
(She turns away, cold. There is a sound, a muffled voice.)
Annie- Time's up. That's good, now I get a cigarette.
(She doesn't look at him.)
It's been a real treat seeing you, Jimmy. Take care.
(She exits without looking back. Jimmy goes to the torn pieces on the ground and picks them up, holds them. Lights down. End of scene.)
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