In the drama monologue from A Leave of Absence, Leslie does her best to help ease the trouble of what Mr. Putnam is trying to say to her.
LESLIE: You are a good man, Mr. Putnam. There is no need to worry in what you wish to communicate. We are alike, in the sense that I, like you, am not drawn from the weak, I’m not among those who take pleasure in seeing someone fret. You are sitting very uneasily in your chair. Shifting your whole body from one position to another. You’ve moved your arms about, crossed your legs twice, slouched a few times, but have yet to sit firmly, confidently like you usually do. This isn’t your usual nature, only when there’s something wrong, you tend to sit awkwardly, as such. I hope you do not take offense, I’m stating my opinion based on my observational history.
I have been working here for many years now. You’ve always been so kind to me. As I was saying, I’m not one of those people who take pleasure in another’s distress. I’m not fond of those people. I usually jump right in to spare another from humiliation. I think it’s on account of compassion or hope that one day someone will throw me a lifeline before I drown. Who knows, right? Karma.
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In the one-act eplay, “A Leave of Absence”, Leslie asks her boss Mr. Putnam for time off from work. Although Mr. Putnam agrees to Leslie’s leave, there seems to be something undercurrent that he deeply desires to get off from his chest. 1 Woman, 1 Man. Drama.