Inheritors

by Susan Glaspell (1921)

Act 4

Madeline - Female, Under 25 yrs

Scene partner - Holden

Monologue - Dramatic, Under 1:00 min

Madeline:

Prosperous, I suppose. That seems to set things — set them in fear. Silas Morton wasn't afraid of Felix Fejevary, the Hungarian revolutionist. He laid this country at that refugee's feet! That's what Uncle Felix says himself — with the left half of his mind. Now — the Hindu revolutionists! I took a walk late yesterday afternoon. Night came, and for some reason I thought of how many nights have come — nights the earth has known long before we knew the earth. The moon came up and I thought of how moonlight made this country beautiful before any man knew that moonlight was beautiful. It gave me a feeling of coming from something a long way back. Moving toward — what will be here when I'm not here. Moving. We seem here, now, in America, to have forgotten we're moving. Think it's just us — just now. Of course, that would make us afraid, and – ridiculous.

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