A View from the Bridge (Penguin Classics)
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Winner of the 2016 Tony Awards for Best Revival of a Play and Best Direction of a Play: Ivo van Hove.
Set in the 1950s on the gritty Brooklyn waterfront, A View from the Bridge follows the cataclysmic downfall of Eddie Carbone, who spends his days as a hardworking longshoreman and his nights at home with his wife, Beatrice, and orphan niece, Catherine. But the routine of his life is interrupted when Beatrice's cousins, illegal immigrants from Italy, arrive in New York. As one of them embarks on a romance with Catherine, Eddie's envy and delusion plays out with devastating consequences. This edition includes a forward by Philip Seymour Hoffman and an introduction by Arthur Miller.
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Eddie, who in the presence of his wife, makes an awkward gesture of eroded command, indicating Catherine. EDDIE: Why don’t you straighten her out? BEATRICE, inwardly angered at his flowing emotion, which in itself alarms her: When are you going to leave her alone? EDDIE: B., the guy is no good! BEATRICE, suddenly, with open fright and fury: You going to leave her alone? Or you gonna drive me crazy? He turns, striving to retain his dignity, but nevertheless in guilt walks out of the house,
Oh, I didn’t know they’re sardines. To Catherine: They’re sardines! CATHERINE: Yeah, they follow them all over the ocean, Africa, Yugoslavia ... She sits and begins to look through a movie magazine. Rodolpho joins her. BEATRICE, to Eddie: It’s funny, y’know. You never think of it, that sardines are swimming in the ocean! She exits to kitchen with dishes. CATHERINE: I know. It’s like oranges and lemons on a tree. To Eddie: I mean you ever think of oranges and lemons on a tree? EDDIE: Yeah, I
but does not raise it. EDDIE: Sure, why not? He comes to the chair, kneels, grasps the leg, raises the chair one inch, but it leans over to the floor. Gee, that’s hard, I never knew that. He tries again, and again fails. It’s on an angle, that’s why, heh? MARCO: Here. He kneels, grasps, and with strain slowly raises the chair higher and higher, getting to his feet now. Rodolpho and Catherine have stopped dancing as Marco raises the chair over his head. Marco is face to face with Eddie, a
What’re you gonna be? Show me! RODOLPHO, with tears of rage: Don’t say that to me! Rodolpho flies at him in attack. Eddie pins his arms, laughing, and suddenly kisses him. CATHERINE: Eddie! Let go, ya hear me! I’ll kill you! Leggo of him! She tears at Eddie’s face and Eddie releases Rodolpho. Eddie stands there with tears rolling down his face as he laughs mockingly at Rodolpho. She is staring at him in horror. Rodolpho is rigid. They are like animals that have torn at one another and broken
it a little bit, Eddie. Please. She’s crazy to start work. It’s not a little shop, it’s a big company. Some day she could be a secretary. They picked her out of the whole class. He is silent, staring down at the tablecloth, fingering the pattern. What are you worried about? She could take care of herself. She’ll get out of the subway and be in the office in two minutes. EDDIE, somehow sickened: I know that neighborhood, B., I don’t like it. BEATRICE: Listen, if nothin’ happened to her in this