By Arthur Miller
The tragedy of a standard American--a salesman who on the age of sixty-three is confronted with what he can't face; defeat and disillusionment.
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He places down one other package deal and measures back. ] Lettuce. [He reads the package deal, places it down. ] One foot—[He breaks off as BEN appears to be like on the correct and strikes slowly all the way down to him. ] What a proposition, ts, ts. superb, brilliant. ’Cause she’s suffered, Ben, the girl has suffered. you realize me? a guy can’t exit the best way he got here in, Ben, a guy has received so as to add as much as whatever. You can’t, you can’t—[BEN strikes towards him as if to break. ] You gotta examine, now. Don’t solution so speedy. have in mind, it’s a assured twenty-thousand-dollar proposition. Now glance, Ben, i would like you to head in the course of the fine details of this factor with me. I’ve bought no one to speak to, Ben, and the lady has suffered, you listen me? BEN [standing nonetheless, considering]: What’s the proposition? WILLY: It’s twenty thousand funds at the barrelhead. assured, gilt-edged, ? BEN: You don’t need to make a idiot of your self. they won't honor the coverage. WILLY: How can they dare refuse? Didn’t I paintings like a coolie to satisfy each top rate at the nostril? And now they don’t repay ? most unlikely! BEN: It’s known as a cowardly factor, William. WILLY: Why? Does it take extra guts to face right here the remainder of my lifestyles ringing up a 0? BEN [yielding]: That’s some degree, William. [He strikes, considering, turns. ] And twenty thousand—that is whatever you could consider with the hand, it truly is there. WILLY [now guaranteed, with emerging power]: Oh, Ben, that’s the complete great thing about it! I see it like a diamond, shining at midnight, tough and tough, that i will be able to decide up and contact in my hand. now not like—like an appointment! this could now not be one other damned-fool appointment, Ben, and it alterations all of the points. simply because he thinks I’m not anything, see, and so he spites me. however the funeral—[Straightening up] Ben, that funeral should be titanic! They’ll come from Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire! all of the old-timers with the unusual license plates—that boy may be thunderstruck, Ben, simply because he by no means realized—I am recognized! Rhode Island, long island, New Jersey—I am recognized, Ben, and he’ll see it together with his eyes as soon as and for all. He’ll see what i'm, Ben! He’s in for a surprise, that boy! BEN [coming right down to the sting of the garden]: He’ll name you a coward. WILLY [suddenly fearful]: No, that will be negative. BEN: certain. And a damned idiot. WILLY: No, no, he mustn’t, I won’t have that! [He is damaged and determined. ] BEN: He’ll hate you, William. [The homosexual tune of the lads is heard. ] WILLY: Oh, Ben, how will we come again to all of the nice instances? was once so filled with mild, and comradeship, the sleigh-riding in iciness, and the ruddiness on his cheeks. And regularly a few type of excellent news arising, consistently whatever great arising forward. and not even enable me hold the valises in the home, and simonizing, simonizing that little pink vehicle! Why, why can’t I supply him whatever and never have him hate me? BEN: permit me give it some thought. [He glances at his watch. ] I nonetheless have a bit time. impressive proposition, yet you’ve acquired to be certain you’re now not creating a idiot of your self. [BEN drifts off upstage and is going out of sight.