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Triptych and Iphigenia: Two Plays

By Edna O'Brien

3 girls (mistress, spouse, and daughter) discover their ardour for a similar guy and confront the ways in which love can concurrently unencumber and entrap. This lyrical and fascinating drama weaves jointly their tales to build the portrait of a guy in the course of the eyes of the ladies who love him.

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The single factor I look after, is the upstairs division. I suggest existence and love and youngsters and all that stuff can ship a girl crazy … I’ve visible them … appealing ladies … all bloated … out to lunch with vast hats and darkish glasses simply because their husbands have wandered … have you learnt the finest technique to maintain your guy satisfied? MISTRESS   you're approximately to inform me. WIFE   supply him rope … be mysterious … inform him concerning the Latino and the paper bag yet don’t say you met him on a park bench … It was once overheard. each delicate guy loves women—Mamma Mia and Mamma Whore and he’s honest approximately it … so let’s now not whinge approximately them … i like males and that i can see you're keen on males unreservedly. MISTRESS   and the way do you arrive at that end? WIFE   Your swallow, (pause) how you provide little gasps, little intakes, while that Duke, regardless of the fuck his identify is, comes directly to you within the play. MISTRESS   i'm inhabiting the nature, the Duchess of Malfi … we're diversified creatures. My expensive lady, how little you recognize in regards to the theater … WIFE   i do know lots. At this second you're shit scared. MISTRESS   Why should still I be shit scared? WIFE   since you made a mistaken connection, schmuck. You ate of the forbidden fruit. i would like my husband, each final little piece of him. MISTRESS   in fact you do. WIFE   permit me let you know a cautionary tale … certainly one of his ex-whores despatched him an inventory at Christmas, an inventory of what she sought after … Krug champagne, claret, Sèvres china … A French harlot … and on the very backside she installed huge capitals “A child. ” MISTRESS   I don’t want a child, thanks a great deal. WIFE   Aren’t you curious to grasp how i discovered out approximately you, your life, your invasion of my domestic? Dishes. He had truly washed up, he who by no means washed a cup in his existence, and that i stated “You’ve had a few whore in the following, in my condo …” i may scent you … he denied it after all … a few tremendous spiel approximately interpreting in on the right way to be a greater husband (bossy) make sure to wash up … purchase flora … don’t fail to remember her birthday, and so on. … (gleeful) and that i enable him have it and we had considered one of our feisty fights after which we fucked (pause) now not too lengthy when you and he had fucked … anything … a few mum or dad angel advised me again early from the rustic … so that you greater comprehend what you're letting your self in for … girls, girls throw themselves at him and i'm consistently there within the ring for the final around. MISTRESS   i've got no purpose of throwing myself at somebody. WIFE   Oh sure you've got. i discovered the observe in his pocket (mock delicate) “Please allow us to no longer fall in love, my darling” (tough voice) which implies that you have already got. What did you fall in love with … his brain, his cock, his graying temples, his reputation? MISTRESS   (curt) His footwear really. WIFE   Ha, ha, ha. His fancy sneakers … they’re so goddamn lecherous … the swank footwear for the swanky guy. And he fell to your eyes, your attractive cat-green eyes. MISTRESS   They have been touch lenses truly. WIFE   definite, yet to him they have been nonetheless the main appealing cat-green contact-lens eyes, as he positioned it.

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