The Wife: Why watch me die like Eliza on the ice?... Take back the cake, burn the shoes, and boil the rice! The Wife: Marriage, what's a marriage? It's a prehistoric ritual where everybody promises fidelity forever which is maybe the most terrifying word I've ever heard. The Narrator:
Please, don't cough. It tends to throw the actors off. All right, it isn't Aristophanes, But please don't cough.
The Wife: My husband, the pig. I worship the ground that he kicks me around on, the pig. The Wife: Here's to the girls who just watch, aren't they the best? When they get depressed, it's a bottle of Scotch, plus a little jest. Another chance to disapprove, Another brilliant zinger, Another reason not to move, Another vodka stinger! I'll drink to that. The Wife: A knife would be perfect, The Young Woman: A gun would be perfect, The Wife: It's quick and it's quiet, The Young Woman: At least I could try it, The Wife: I hear they do wonders The Young Woman: And you can do wonders The Wife: With poisonous gas. The Young Woman: With slivers of glass. The Wife: There's always the quarry, The Young Woman: There's always curare, The Wife: She'd never be found. The Young Woman: I have some around. The Wife: A noose is efficient, The Young Woman: Bamboo is efficient, The Wife: She won't make a sound. The Young Woman: As long as it's ground. The Wife, The Young Woman: [echoing] Whatever will do it, if anything will. There's nothing as low as a woman. The Wife, The Young Woman: [unison] SHOOT TO KILL! The Husband: Somebody, hold me too close. Somebody, hurt me too deep. Somebody, sit in my chair and ruin my sleep and make me aware of being alive, being alive. The Narrator: Somebody, need me too much. The Wife: [echoing] Somebody, need me too much. The Narrator: Somebody, know me too well. The Young Woman: [echoing] Somebody, know me too well. The Husband, The Narrator, The Young Man: Somebody, pull me up short, and put me through hell, and give me support for being alive. The Narrator: Make me alive! The Husband: [echoing] Make me alive!