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"A Streetcar Named Desire" by Tennessee Williams, Scenes Eight–Eleven

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
sullen
The three people are completing a dismal birthday supper. Stanley looks sullen. Stella is embarrassed and sad.
beau
Is it because I’ve been stood up by my beau?
repertoire
I must run through my repertoire! Oh, yes—I love parrot stories!
ineffectual
She throws back her head and laughs. Stella also makes an ineffectual effort to seem amused.
amiable
Then he speaks slowly and with false amiability.
cavalier
Mitch!—Y’know, I really shouldn’t let you in after the treatment I have received from you this evening! So utterly uncavalier!
uncouth
And such uncouth apparel! Why, you haven’t even shaved!
partial
MITCH: I don’t like fans.
BLANCHE: Then let’s turn it off, honey. I’m not partial to them!
premises
Everything here isn’t Stan’s. Some things on the premises are actually mine!
obscure
There is some obscure meaning in this but I fail to catch it.
malarkey
That pitch about your ideals being so old-fashioned and all the malarkey that you’ve dished out all summer. Oh, I knew you weren’t sixteen any more.
convulsive
She throws back her head with convulsive, sobbing laughter.
recrimination
Crumble and fade and—regrets— recriminations... ‘If you’d done this, it wouldn’t’ve cost me that!'
exhilaration
As the drinking and packing went on, a mood of hysterical exhilaration came into her and she has decked herself out in a somewhat soiled and crumpled white satin evening gown and a pair of scuffed silver slippers with brilliants set in their heels.
spectral
Now she is placing the rhinestone tiara on her head before the mirror of the dressing-table and murmuring excitedly as if to a group of spectral admirers.
quarry
How about taking a swim, a moonlight swim at the old rock- quarry?
transitory
Physical beauty is passing. A transitory possession.
destitute
But beauty of the mind and richness of the spirit and tenderness of the heart—and I have all of those things—aren’t taken away, but grow! Increase with the years! How strange that I should be called a destitute woman! When I have all of these treasures locked in my heart.
swine
But I have been foolish—casting my pearls before swine!
slander
And to repeat slander to me, vicious stories that he had gotten from you!
implore
He returned with a box of roses to beg my forgiveness! He implored my forgiveness.
incompatible
Our ways of life are too different. Our attitudes and our backgrounds are incompatible.
warily
She sets the phone down and crosses warily into the kitchen.
sinuous
The shadows and lurid reflections move sinuously as flames along the wall spaces.
inert
He picks up her inert figure and carries her to the bed.
prodigious
STANLEY [ prodigiously elated]: You know what luck is? Luck is believing you’re lucky.
callous
I always did say that men are callous things with no feelings, but this does beat anything.
quinine
“Poor lady,” they’ll say, “the quinine did her no good. That unwashed grape has transported her soul to heaven.”
cynical
The gravity of their profession is exaggerated—the unmistakable aura of the state institution with its cynical detachment.
colloquy
A whispered colloquy takes place at the door.
sotto voce
STANLEY [ sotto voce]: Doc, you better go in.
divest
Divested of all the softer properties of womanhood, the Matron is a peculiarly sinister figure in her severe dress.
reverberate
The greeting is echoed and re-echoed by other mysterious voices behind the walls, as if reverberated through a canyon of rock.
abandon
She sobs with inhuman abandon. There is something luxurious in her complete surrender to crying now that her sister is gone.
voluptuous
STANLEY [ voluptuously, soothingly]: Now, honey. Now, love. Now, now, love.

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