JACK—(scornfully) Restraint? Ah, yes, everybody preaches but who practices it? And could they if they wanted to? Some impulses are stronger than we are, have proved themselves so throughout the world’s history. Is it not rather our ideals of conduct, of Right and Wrong, our ethics, which are unnatural and monstrously distorted? Is society not suffering from a case of the evil eye which sees evil where there is none? Isn’t it our moral laws which force me into evasions like the one which you have just found fault with?
Play Title: Abortion
Author: Eugene O’Neill
Genre: Dramatic, Contemporary, 1-Minute
Brief Summary of the Play: A star college athlete learns that the girl he had an affair with died after having an abortion he paid for and arranged.
Age: early 20s
Read the play online: http://www.eoneill.com/texts/abortion/contents.htm
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