The Seagull

by Anton Chekhov (1896)

Act 3

Masha - Female, Under 25 yrs

Scene partner - Trigorin

Monologue - Dramatic, 1:00 to 2:00 min

Masha:

I am telling you all these things because you write books and they may be useful to you. I tell you honestly, I should not have lived another day if he had wounded himself fatally. Yet I am courageous; I have decided to tear this love of mine out of my heart by the roots.

[Trigorin: How will you do it?]

By marrying Medviedenko.

[Trigorin: The school-teacher?]

[Yes.]

[Trigorin: I don't see the necessity for that.]

Oh, if you knew what it is to love without hope for years and years, to wait for ever for something that will never come! I shall not marry for love, but marriage will at least be a change, and will bring new cares to deaden the memories of the past. Shall we have another drink?

[Trigorin: Haven't you had enough?]

Fiddlesticks! Don't look at me with that expression on your face. Women drink oftener than you imagine, but most of them do it in secret, and not openly, as I do. They do indeed, and it is always either vodka or brandy. To your good health! You are so easy to get on with that I am sorry to see you go.

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