EMMA—Wait. I don’t want you to go out of here with no hard feelings. You ‘n’ me, Caleb, we’ve been too close all our lives to ever get to be enemies. I like you, Caleb, same’s I always did. I want us to stay friends. I want you to be like one of the family same’s you’ve always been. There’s no reason you can’t. I don’t blame you—as a man—for what I wouldn’t hold against any other man. If I find I can’t love you—that way—no more or be your wife, it’s just that I’ve decided—things being what they be and me being what I am—I won’t marry no man. I’ll stay single. (forcing a smile) I guess there’s worse things than being an old maid.
Play Title: Diff’rent
Author: Eugene O’Neill
Genre: Contemporary, dramatic, dialect, 1-minute
Brief Summary: Emma and Caleb are to be married in two days, but Emma hears a story of Caleb’s infidelity while away on a voyage. Emma calls off the wedding and refuses to marry him. Caleb vows to wait 30 years for her to change her mind.
Character: Emma Crosby
Description from Play: “Emma is a slender girl of twenty, rather under the medium height. Her face, in spite of its plain features, gives an impression of prettiness, due to her large, soft blue eyes which have an incongruous quality of absent-minded romantic dreaminess about them. Her mouth and chin are heavy, full of a self-willed stubbornness. Although her body is slight and thin, there is a quick, nervous vitality about all her movements that reveals an underlying constitution of reserve power and health. She has light brown hair, thick and heavy. She is dressed soberly and neatly in her black Sunday best, style of the period.”
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