by Susan Glaspell (1916)

One Act

Mrs. Hale - Female, 35 to 50 yrs

Scene partner - Mrs. Peters

Monologue - Dramatic, Under 1:00 min

Mrs. Hale:

I wish you'd seen Minnie Foster when she wore a white dress with blue ribbons and stood up there in the choir and sang. Oh, I wish I'd come over here once in a while! That was a crime! That was a crime! Who's going to punish that?

[Mrs.Peters: We mustn't —t ake on.]

I might have known she needed help! I know how things can be — for women. I tell you, it's queer, Mrs Peters. We live close together and we live far apart. We all go through the same things — it's all just a different kind of the same thing. If I was you, I wouldn't tell her her fruit was gone. Tell her it ain't. Tell her it's all right. Take this in to prove it to her. She — she may never know whether it was broke or not.