by Anton Chekhov (1897)
Astroff - Male, 35 to 50 yrs
Scene partner - Helena
Monologue - Comedic, Under 1:00 min
You are a wily one! I admit that Sonia is suffering, but what does this examination of yours mean? Please don't put on such a look of surprise; you know perfectly well why I come here every day. Yes, you know perfectly why and for whose sake I come! Oh, my sweet tigress! don't look at me in that way; I am an old bird!
[Helena: A tigress? I don't understand you.]
Beautiful, sleek tigress, you must have your victims! For a whole month I have done nothing but seek you eagerly. I have thrown over everything for you, and you love to see it. Now then, I am sure you knew all this without putting me through your examination. I surrender. Here you have me—now, eat me.