What They Said: Alfieri

He dies in her arms, and Beatrice covers him with her body.

Alfieri, who is in the crowd, turns out to the audience. The lights have gone down, leaving him in a glow, while behind him the dull prayers of the people and the keening of the women continue.

 

Alfieri: Most of the time now we settle for half and I like it better. But the truth is holy, and even as I know how wrong he was, and his death useless, I tremble, for I confess that something perversely pure calls to me from his memory – not purely good, but himself purely, for he allowed himself to be wholly known and for that I think I will love him more than all my sensible clients. And yet, it is better to settle for half, it must be! And so I mourn him – I admit it – with a certain . . . alarm.

 

Curtain.

 [A View From The Bridge: Arthur Miller]

Comments

  1. Cecilia Thomas says:

    Oh Celia Farber – when arrows pierce the sky we know God’s love is ever present.

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