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Her lips move as if she were going to speak, but she fights back the words, turns stiffly and goes into the house and closes the door behind her. I’ve got leave for a few days. It was just like old Abe Mannon to build such moutning monstrosity–as a temple for his hatred.

He thinks Christine is speaking through Lavinia. She kisses him–with fierce insistence Remember your mother’s death! The Walls of Jericho Why don’t you sit down, Christine? You know how folks in town gossip, Father. Then, as if an idea had suddenly come to her, she speaks to his retreating figure with a strange sinister air of elation.

I promise you I’ll never see Adam again after he calls this evening. Christine sneaks out to meet Brant on the deck, and they retire to the cabin to speak in private. It stuck in my mind–clean-scrubbed and whitewashed–a temple of death!

Another boom comes, reverberating, rattling the windows. At right center is another chair. I’ve lived most of my life at sea and in camps and I’m used to straight speaking.


Lavinia does not turn or give any sign of knowing her mother is behind her. All is lost for Lavinia, who has Seth nail shut the shutters of nill windows to their home, locking herself away from the world forever.

And I’m afraid of time! I’ve got to explain some things–inside me–to my wife–try to, anyway! It was her house we went to. He has a big aquiline nose, bushy eyebrows, swarthy complexion, hazel eyes.

That is, he kept talking to “Mother. I told myself it wasn’t human not to love my own child, born of my body. If your mother would permit me to finish instead of jumping at conclusions about her baby–!

Mournong like her mother, her body is thin, flat-breasted and angular, and its unattractiveness is accentuated by her plain miurning dress. Oscar Nominated Movies Between the house and the street is a lawn. She walks up the steps again. I ain’t been with the Mannons for sixty years without learning that. Brant and Christine decide to flee east and seek out their Blessed Islands.

If you’d seen as much of death as I have in the past four years, you wouldn’t be afraid of it. You’ve heard the good news, of course, Vinnie? I’ve had my fill of death. You must be starved. It’s a coward’s game I have no stomach for!

Oh, I’m not denying you want to save his pride–and I know how anxious you are to keep the family from more scandal!

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That’s where I thought you’d gone, mebbe. SETH–Oh, he’d been a soldier afore this war. If she had expected her mother to flinch at this, she is disappointed. She’d never stopped loving him. Becomss Oresteia, as was the case in the classical Greek tragediesthe divine is part of the environmental forces that humans cannot control but determine their fate.


Eugene O’Neill (1888-1953)

Her black eyebrows meet in a pronounced straight line above her strong nose. She is uneasy underneath, but affects a scornful indignation. Mourning Becomes Electra 6. MANNON– really revelling in his daughter’s coddling but embarrassed before his wife–pulling his arm back–brusquely No, thanks!

One is at once struck by the startling likeness between him and Adam Brant. How can you be so vile as to try to use me to hide your adultery? Lavinia goes back to her father’s chair at left eoectra table. Then she turns and stands in tense calculating thought. Started one of the fust Western Ocean packet lines.

Why did elextra have to tell me? Not before, when I was courting you. In the foreground, along the street, is a line of locust and elm trees. A “distorted look of desire” comes into his face and he tells her he loves her.