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"A Streetcar Named Desire" by Tennessee Williams, Scenes Four–Seven

August 12, 2022
In this Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, Blanche DuBois, a faded Southern belle, is driven to madness by her brother-in-law Stanley Kowalski.

Here are links to our lists for the play: Scenes One–Three, Scenes Four–Seven, Scenes Eight–Eleven
emphatically
STELLA [slowly and emphatically]: I’m not in anything I want to get out of.
incredulously
BLANCHE [ incredulously]: What—Stella?
cultivate
Is this a Chinese philosophy you’ve— cultivated?
indifferent
Y’know how indifferent I am to money. I think of money in terms of what it does for you.
appeal
You never get anywhere with direct appeals!
measly
Sixty-five measly cents in coin of the realm!
morale
I know how it helps your morale just having a little pocket-money on you.
sufficient
I take it for granted that you still have sufficient memory of Belle Reve to find this place and these poker players impossible to live with.
wholesome
You can’t have forgotten that much of our bringing up, Stella, that you just suppose that any part of a gentleman’s in his nature! Not one particle, no! Oh, if he was just—ordinary! Just plain—but good and wholesome, but—no.
bestial
There’s something downright— bestial—about him!
stealthily
Then suddenly he turns stealthily about and withdraws through front door.
dote
Aries people are forceful and dynamic. They dote on noise! They love to bang things around!
sentimental
You hate me to talk sentimental! But honey, believe I feel things more than I tell you!
piercing
Blanche gives a piercing cry.
vanity
STELLA: Why are you sensitive about your age?
BLANCHE: Because of hard knocks my vanity’s been given.
gossamer
She takes a large, gossamer scarf from the trunk and drapes it about her shoulders.
ensuing
In the ensuing pause, the "blue piano" is heard.
coquettish
She looks at him over them, coquettishly pressing them to her lips.
stolid
Mitch is stolid but depressed.
dismal
I don’t think I’ve ever tried so hard to be gay and made such a dismal mess of it.
obliged
Honey, it wasn’t the kiss I objected to. I liked the kiss very much. It was the other little—familiarity—that I—felt obliged to—discourage.
solemn
You have been so anxious and solemn all evening, and so have I; we have both been anxious and solemn and now for these few last remaining moments of our lives together—I want to create—joie de vivre!
imposing
You are not the delicate type. You have a massive bone-structure and a very imposing physique.
affectation
Blanche speaks with an affectation of demureness.
demure
Blanche speaks with an affectation of demureness.
reprove
Her voice sounds gently reproving.
insufferable
He is insufferably rude. Goes out of his way to offend me.
saccharine
Blanche is singing in the bathroom a saccharine popular ballad which is used contrapuntally with Stanley’s speech.
squeamish
Lie Number One: All this squeamishness she puts on! You should just know the line she’s been feeding to Mitch. He thought she had never been more than kissed by a fellow!
contemptible
What— contemptible—lies!
frolic
In the bathroom the water goes on loud; little breathless cries and peals of laughter are heard as if a child were frolicking in the tub.
ordinance
They told her she better move on to some fresh territory. Yep, it was practickly a town ordinance passed against her!
flighty
There are things about my sister I don’t approve of—things that caused sorrow at home. She was always— flighty!
conscience
I’d have that on my conscience the rest of my life if I knew all that stuff and let my best friend get caught!
vigorously
BLANCHE [brushing her hair vigorously]: Yes, I do, so refreshed!

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