A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller

By Arthur Miller

Set at the gritty Brooklyn waterfront, A View from the Bridge follows the cataclysmic downfall of Eddie Carbone, who spends his days as a hardworking longshoreman and his nights at domestic along with his spouse, Beatrice, and niece, Catherine. however the regimen of his existence is interrupted whilst Beatrice's cousins, unlawful immigrants from Italy, arrive in manhattan. As one in every of them embarks on a romance with Catherine, Eddie's envy and fantasy performs out with devastating results.

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Five minutes later they’re sitting next to each other on a bench; half an hour later they depart as close friends. ” A quiet dinner is proposed and agreed to. They meet once a week or so until she makes the frightful discovery that she’s going to become a mother. Going straight to the prince’s new mansion, where he’s hosting a housewarming party, she sends in her card and he comes out to greet her. Her news doesn’t go down well, and she starts to make a scene. At last, writes Colombier, Dygne loses patience and grows hard and cutting.

Then she stands up and marches around like a circus clown, munching on chocolates she carries in her bag and fixing her lipstick. There’s nothing more charming than watching Sarah and Croizette, their mothers in tow [in Sarah’s case, of course, Mme Guérard], exiting the theater together like two startled goddesses, noses up in the air, their straw hats perched on top of their huge blond hair-dos, twirling their parasols, chattering and laughing at the top of their voices, heading for Chibouste’s patisserie where they’ll stuff themselves with cake.

Régis, Sarah reports in her memoirs, said to her, “Well, you were a failure. Why persist in going in for the theater? You’re thin and you’re small. Your face isn’t bad close to, but at a distance it’s ugly. ” No wonder she was in despair when she went to bed that night. “Had there been any poison at hand I would have taken it,” she told Thérèse Berton. And then, at midnight, a note was slipped under her door by Mme Guérard: “While you were sleeping, the duc de Morny sent word to your mother telling her that your engagement at the Comédie-Française is confirmed.

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