Angels in America
written by Tony Kushner
Harper: I feel better, I do, I...feel better. There are ice crystals in my lungs, wonderful and sharp. And the snow smells like cold, crushed peaches. And thereís something... some current of blood in the wind, how strange, it has that iron taste. Where am I? (looking around, then realizing) Antarctica. This is Antarctica! Oh boy oh boy, LOOK at this, I... Wow, I mustíve really snapped the tether, huh?
I want to stay here forever. Set up camp. Build things. Build a city, an enormous city made up of frontier forts, dark wood and green roofs and high gates made of pointed logs and bonfires burning on every street corner. I should build by a river. Where are the forests?
Iíll plant them and grow them. Iíll live off caribou fat, Iíll melt it over the bonfires and drink it from long, curved goat-horn cups. Itíll be great. I want to make a new world here. So that I never have to go home again. I can have anything I want hereĖmaybe even companionship, someone who has...desire for me. There isnít anyone...maybe an Eskimo. Who could ice-fish for food. And help me build a nest for when the baby comes. Here, I can be pregnant. And I can have any kind of baby I want.
Iím going to like this place. Itís my own National Geographic Special! Oh! Oh! (She holds her stomach) I think... I think I felt her kicking. Maybe Iíll give birth to a baby covered with thick white fur, and that way she wonít be cold. My breasts will be full of hot cocoa so she doesnít get chilly. And if it gets really cold, sheíll have a pouch I can crawl into. Like a marsupial. Weíll mend together. Thatís what weíll do; weíll mend.
Credit and many thanks to Jamie for this monologue, it is very much appreciated.
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