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The First Man

Eugene O'Neill

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Curt needs, Mrs. Davidson. [Proudly.] And she would have to study for years, as I have done, in order to take my place. [To LILY.] If I am not here by the time the others arrive, will you see about the tea, Lily—?

LILY—[Eagerly.] Sure. I love to serve drinks. If I were a man, I'd be a bartender—in Mexico or Canada.

MARTHA—[Going toward the study.] I'll be with you again in a minute, I hope. [She goes in and shuts the door behind her.]

ESTHER—[Pettishly.] Even people touched by a smattering of science seem to get rude, don't they?

MRS. DAVIDSON—[Harshly.] I have heard much silly talk of this being an age of free women, and I have always said it was tommyrot. [Pointing to the study.] She is an example. She is more of a slave to Curt's hobbies than any of my generation were to anything but their children. [Still more harshly.] Wh. . . Read More

Community Reviews

He didn't write Long Day's Journey into Night every time he picked up a pen you know.

An eminent and restless anthropologist named Curtis Jayson decides to take a field trip to the Asian plains in search of our first ancestor, the mythical 'missing link' in the evolutionary chain. His wife Martha,...more

O’Neill sets up interesting themes, but his treatment of them is light on thought, heavy on melodrama.

So moving. I read Eugene O'Neill many years ago and will now re read him.