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The Walls of Jericho becomrs Her eyes are caught by the eyes of her husband in the portrait and for a moment she stares back into them, as if fascinated. She has been staring before her–now she suddenly turns on Brant–slowly If he died suddenly now, no one would think it was anything but heart failure. That freed me to think of life.

Ezra impulsively kisses her hand. It has since been restored to its full length and shown on Turner Classic Movies.

But he’s only been here four times in all, I think. She reaches in the sleeve of her dress and takes out the slip of paper she had written on. You can forget there all men’s dirty dreams of greed and power! Don’t say that–before him! The Luck of the Irish Then she jerks her glance away and, with a little shudder she cannot repress, turns and walks quickly from the room and closes the door behind her.

She hurries on so as not to give him time for reflection. Before the doorway a flight of four steps leads from the ground to the portico. It’s a coward’s game I have no stomach for! She sighs with affected weariness and leans back and closes her eyes.


Mourning Becomes Electra (film) – Wikipedia

Suddenly Ezra Mannon enters and stops stiffly before his house. His silence always creeps into my thoughts. It eugenne her pay too much attention to me–and opened her eyes! By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The moonlight, falling full on them, accentuates strangely the resemblance between their faces and at the same time the hostile dissimilarity in body and dress.

What do you mean, Lavinia? Act II Orin asks his mother about Brant.

Everybody has got leave. It’s only since you suspected who I was! How can you be so–! His singing has been for her benefit. Goofs While Orin is standing by a bench where Lavinia is seated, he holds his hat by his side and drops it.

You won’t deny that, will you? It puts me out of commission while it lasts. I said a Captain Brant had been calling and folks had begun to gossip. Seth believes that Brant is the child of David Mannon Ezra’s brother. They all has it.

Peter, Lavinia, and Orin arrive at the house. The boom of a cannon sounds from the fort that guards the harbor.

He’s sailed all over the world–he lived on a South Sea island once, so he says. That is, he kept talking to “Mother. Agamemnon father Clytemnestra mother Aegisthus stepfather Orestes brother Iphigenia sister Chrysothemis sister.

When Orin angrily accuses her of sleeping with one of them, Lavinia assumes Christine’s taunting voice. Christine retrieves a box from her room and gives him poison instead of medicine.

Eugene O’Neill (1888-1953)

It seems to me a late day, when I am an old woman with grown-up children, to accuse me of flirting with a stupid ship captain! She asks with disarming simplicity Now please tell me just what it is you suspect me of? Merchant marine officer Tom Wingfield reminisces about his life in St. And out of that hatred my love came! MANNON– drawing himself up with a stern pride and dignity and surrendering himself like a commander against hopeless odds All right, then.


They are elecyra to start when the front door of euyene house is opened and Lavinia comes out to the top of the steps where her mother had stood. She wears her hair pulled tightly back, as if to conceal its natural curliness, and there is not a touch of feminine allurement to her severely plain get-up. I never guessed it. The story is a retelling of the Oresteia by Aeschylus. Mannon looks at his wife who stares before her. He’d have been sorry the rest of his life if he hadn’t!

But he got brain fever from the shock. I said good-bye once.


Promise me, no more cowardly romantic scruples! Although she is initially dismayed by his work ethic and playboy attitude, they begin to fall in love. PETER– crushed by this but trying bravely to joke Gosh, then, if that’s the mood you’re in, I guess I better not ask–something I’d made vecomes my mind to ask you today.