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A sinister expression comes to her face. Something keeps me sitting numb in my own heart–like a statue of a dead man in a town square. I want you to get it for me.

SETH– avoiding her eyes–evasively Nothin’–‘cept what you mean. He’s sailed all over the world–he lived on a South Sea island once, so he says. She is fighting to control herself, but her face is torn by a look eoectra stricken anguish.

Death made me think of life. Christine Mannon Leo Genn But there comes an end.

Mourning Becomes Electra, by Eugene O’Neill

You would be hanged for murder! One is immediately struck by the resemblance between his face and that of the portrait of Ezra Mannon. I’ve been so afraid you might be making it out less serious than it really was to keep us from worrying. But Christine quickly recovers herself and her air resumes its disdainful aloofness. This page was last edited on 20 Octoberat All the shutters are closed.

I’m going in to talk to her now.


Mourning Becomes Electra – Wikipedia

A wealthy New England family, the Mannons, await the return of patriarch Ezra, general for the Union army, and son Orin, a timid young man before becoming an Army officer at the end of the Civil War. And I found out that when she’d been laid up, not able to work, not knowing where to reach me, she’d sunk her last shred of pride and written to your father asking for a loan.

All is lost for Lavinia, who has Seth nail shut the shutters of the windows to their home, locking herself away from the world forever. Orin has grown dreadfully thin and bears the statue-like attitude of his father. Orin is riddled with guilt and kills himself as well.

Tonight after the Captain leaves you, if you like.

Eugene O’Neill (1888-1953)

She died in my arms. The windows of the lower floor reflect the sun’s rays in a resentful glare. And most of the time I was carrying him, your father was with the army in Mexico. Agamemnon father Clytemnestra mother Aegisthus eygene Orestes brother Iphigenia sister Chrysothemis sister. There are twice as many skippers as ships these days.

If Peter is proposing marriage to her again, he must realize that she cannot marry anyone because Father needs her. The study is a large room with a stiff, austere atmosphere. He learned law on the side and got made a judge.

I’ve so often seen him ,ourning there– forcing a little laugh Your silly talk about resemblances–Don’t sit there.

The light of a half moon falls on the house, giving it an unreal, detached, eerie quality. Mannon rises in fury, threatening her murder, and then falls back in agony, clutching his heart and begging for his medicine.


He appraises her with a calculating look, then goes on. I can talk better. She moves a few steps toward the house–then turns again–with a studied casualness By the way, before I forget, I happened to run into Captain Brant on the street in New York. How much do you know about David Mannon, Vinnie?

They crowd to the mouring of the mourninf by the lilac clump and peer through the leaves as the front door is opened and Christine Mannon comes out to the edge of the portico at the top of the steps.

He stares at her, fascinated and stirred. He comes from out West. I love Adam Brant.

Then I must go back and disband my brigade. What I want now is to forget it. Suddenly he becpmes over and takes her hand. He avoids her eyes–then heavily casual Where was you gallivantin’ night afore last and all yesterday?

She kisses him–with fierce insistence Remember your mother’s death! Her thin figure, seated stiffly upright, arms against her sides, the legs close together, the shoulders square, the head upright, is like that of an Egyptian statue. Alternate Versions After its original “roadshow” engagement inwhere the full minute version was shown with an intermission”Mourning Becomes Electra” was cut to minutes for the remainder of its theatrical run.