In this drama monologue, JESSICA finally works up enough strength to tell her husband that she is leaving him.

JESSICA:  Your eyes don’t penetrate through me like they used to, Charles.  I’m no longer afraid of you.  You do not make me squirm when you approach me.  Come near me again and I will hurt you, I will hurt you so bad that I will leave a permanent scar in your memory for the rest of your shit life.

I’m taking my children and I’m leaving you.  Do you hear me you drunken coward?! You can keep on drinking your drink, until there is nothing left of you.

(she stares at him)

Look at this man?  This is what I found…can’t believe I’ve wasted all these years on you…you won’t even remember this conversation, will you?  It doesn’t stop here, does it?

(to her daughters)

Darlene? Carol?  You girls packed?  (beat)  Cars running warm enough…let’s go.  (beat)  Don’t bother saying goodbye to your father, he won’t remember either of you, anyway…

Joseph Arnone


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