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The Straw

Eugene O'Neill

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .She stands looking appealingly at Nicholls, who avoids her glance. Her eyes have a startled, stunned expression as if the doctor's verdict were still in her ears.)

EILEEN (faintly—forcing a smile). Good evening, Fred. (Her eyes search his face anxiously.)

NICHOLLS (confusedly). Hello, Eileen. I'm so sorry to—— (Clumsily trying to cover up his confusion, he goes over and leads her to a chair.) You must sit down. You've got to take care of yourself. You never ought to have got up to-night.

EILEEN (sits down). I wanted to talk to you. (She raises her face with a pitiful smile. Nicholls hurriedly moves back to his own chair.)

NICHOLLS (almost brusquely). I could have talked to you from the hall. You're silly to take chances just now.

(Eileen's eyes show her hurt at his tone.)

CARMODY (seeing his chance—hastily). You'll be stayin' a while now, Fred? I'll take a wa. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This was a very sentimental play based on O'Neill's real relationship with a woman who loved him while he spent time in a sanatorium for tuberculosis. O'Neill also cited this time as the time that made him a playwright. It was a turning point for him. The play seems to follow the autobiographical...more

مسرحية درامية رقيقة
كانت باكورة عمر أونيل بعد خروجه من المشفى
على ما يبدو أن بطل المسرحية موري هو يوجين أونيل نفسه

Decent blend of naturalism and sentimentality. The sanatorium is well-drawn.

Beautiful play. Finished it in one sitting. The real illness in this play is the lack of love amongst the characters. The TB , although a very real illness, was just a manifestation for isolation and despair. Where there is love, there is hope.

The film "Million Dollar Baby" plagiarized one of it...more

Unrequited love gets me every time

This is a quaint play filled with confronting the unpleasantries of familial relationships, unrequited love, and death as humans most often do... Lie.