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I’m a Matriarch in a Play, and I’m Certain Nothing Unhealthy Will Occur at My Household Gathering



Well, whats up there, girls and gents. Awfully scorching day, isn’t it? It’s at all times scorching right here within the summers, however we make do. That’s what the Edgar household does. We make do.

Sure, I would be the matriarch in a basic American play, however I’m certain that nothing dangerous will occur on the upcoming household gathering.

Now, I perceive why some individuals would possibly fear about it. In spite of everything, Daddy Edgar hasn’t been the identical ever since… nicely, we received’t discuss that. Typically he will get a confused. He thinks it’s the previous days once more, again when issues easier. After we all knew what America was and the place our place in it was. Oh, however I’m certain that received’t turn into slowly increasingly horrible till it ends in a tragic image for the methods of previous being eaten giving solution to the trendy age. It would really be okay, I believe.

After which in fact, there’s little Susan. A beautiful lady, that Susan. At all times placing others forward of herself. And so quiet and soft-spoken. Susan couldn’t presumably carry any drama to our little household gathering. She definitely doesn’t bear a world of hidden ache that she’s by no means shared with anybody, and even when she did, that ache wouldn’t come out in an act two show-stopping monologue. No, I don’t see any chance of something like that occurring. No want to fret or take into consideration her, ever.

Then there’s Jed. Poor Jed. He appeared like he had every thing going for him. However that was within the different America. The easier America. After all, he nonetheless holds onto his desires. And isn’t that each one now we have, actually? Our desires? Oh, however he’ll solely be an issue if he reveals up drunk, which he’d by no means do. Or, in fact, if somebody made an indirect reference to one in all his many emotional hang-ups. However what are the probabilities of that taking place anyway?

Scorching day, isn’t it. Out within the distance, you possibly can see the solar setting. It jogs my memory of… nothing in any respect. As a result of every thing’s going nice and can proceed to go nice. Like the other of a solar setting. A solar… having a pleasant dinner with household.

Ah, however the true pleasure of this household gathering will likely be Hank. Sure, that’s proper. Hank is coming. The one we haven’t talked to for fifteen years, after… oh, nicely, let’s not dwell on the previous. I’m simply so completely happy that he’s lastly coming again to the household. I’m certain that he’ll match proper again in, with out inflicting any conflicts or frictions for anyone. In spite of everything, it’s not like he’s gone to the cities the place he’s turn into a part of the brand new America, the one which we Edgars deny the existence of. He’s in all probability gone to the cities after which stayed like he was earlier than, for fifteen years. I’ll simply deal with him like that’s the case and it’ll end up nice.

Oh, would you take a look at that? It’s the previous Edgar household loaded gun! Why, this has been with us for generations! I’ll simply put it right here, on this drawer, at first of Act One, the place we’ll by no means have to consider it once more.

Sure, I’ve a sense that issues are about to show round for the Edgar household. Our clan’s fortunes could have steadily decayed, very like the America we grew up in, however that doesn’t imply we will’t have a pleasing, two-act household reunion, the place every thing goes fully superb and no elementary failings of our society get demonstrated. I’m not even apprehensive about any of it. Why would I be?

Just some extra minutes till everyone arrives! Nothing to do however languidly smoke a cigarette, mourn my misplaced magnificence, and perhaps yell at Susan slightly. Ah, that’s the life!

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