In the drama monologue, “Three Blank Pages” Professor Miles questions his student’s sincerity when it comes to studying literature.
MR. MILES: You know what’s so grand about this very moment? The vital importance of expressing one’s true feelings. We keep things bottled up for fear of resistance, fear of being the crooked branch sticking out from the trunk. Hmm. So! You’ve finally come forward to express your wish to be assigned the classics…you find yourself ready to read the works of Woolf, Dostoevsky, Flaubert, Beckett…you find you might have the wherewithal to grasp; comprehend the sound beating inside those words. You find yourself ready to creep through those doors of wisdom and awe. And yet you want an F, but you received an A. You chose my class, but you wish to be a flunky. You arrive late and your desk is never clean, nor do you carry a writing pad or a pen. And today, you stand before me with a complaint, a complaint that you are getting graded much higher than what you deserve. Insolent, wouldn’t you agree? You see, Preston, let me explain very briefly to you, so we need not discuss this further.
No one, and I mean no one at all, ever, fails my class. So! How does a mouse get off a glue board? There’s always a way. Wouldn’t you think there’s a way?
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In the one-act eplay, “Three Blank Pages” Preston visits his English Professor Mr. Miles because he doesn’t understand why his blank essay submission received an A grade. 2 Men. Drama.