A View from the Bridge - Arthur Miller - Quotations.

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A View from the Bridge - Quotations

Alfieri:
“A lawyer in his fifties turning grey; he is portly, good humoured, and thoughtful” “only thought of in connection with disaster”
“in Sicily, from where their fathers come the law has not been a friendly idea since the Greeks were beaten.” “Oh, there were many here who were justly shot by unjust men. Justice is very important here.” “And now we are quite civilised, quite American. We settle for half, and I like it better.” “the thought comes…another lawyer, quite differently dressed, heard the same complaint and sat there as powerless as I and watched it run it’s bloody course.” “He was a good man as he had to be in a life that was hard and even.” “destiny”

“a trouble that would not go away”
“slipped”
“as [it] is inclined to do so”
“When I saw him coming, I knew why I had waited…almost transfixed I had come to feel.” “I will never forget how dark the room became when he looked at me; his eyes were like tunnels.” “Nothing at all had really happened.”

“Morally and legally you have no rights”
“I’m not only telling you now, I’m warning you - the law is nature. The law is only a word for what’s right to happen. When the law is wrong it’s because it’s unnatural, but in this case it is natural and a river will drown you if you buck it now. Let her go.” “To promise not to kill is not dishonourable”

“if he obeys the law he lives”
“Only God makes justice”
“leaving him [Alfieri] in a glow”
“but the truth is holy”
“something perversely pure calls to me from his memory…and so I mourn him - I admit - with a certain…alarm.”

Eddie:
“pleased and therefore shy about it”
“you’re walkin’ wavy”
“the heads are turnin’ like windmills”
“I’m responsible for you. You’re a baby, you don’t understand these things.” “You’re getting’ to be a big girl now, you gotta keep yourself more” “Beatrice, all I’m worried about is you got such a big heart” “I just don’t want you bein’ pushed around, that’s all. You got too big a heart.” “why didn’t you ask me before you take a job?”

“I want you to be with different kind of people.”
“(somehow sickened)”
“After a moment of watching her face, EDDIE breaks into a smile, but it almost seems that tears will form in his eyes” “You’re the Madonna type”
“(with a sense of her childhood, her babyhood, and the years)” “strangely and quickly resentful”
“You don’t see nothin’ and you don’t know nothing’” “snitched”
“his head was bouncin’ like a coconut”
“his own uncle”
“Just remember, kid, you can quicker get back a million dollars that was stole than a word that you gave away.” “work everyday to pay-off the cost of their passage to “syndicate”” “that you would ever grow up”

“You Marco?”
“(he is coming more and more to address MARCO only)”
“rises”
“flushed”
“with iron self control, even a smile.”
“moves to Catherine”
“What’s the high heels for, Garbo?”
“(he is sizing up RODOLFO, and there is a concealed suspicion) “gives me the heebie-jeebies.”
“a weird”
“for that character I didn’t bring her (Catherine) up.” “troubled”
“(…can’t help smiling at the sight of her)
“(retreating before the threat of her anger)”
“It’s just I used to come home, you was always here. Now, I turn around, you’re a big girl…you’re runnin’, Katie. I don’t think you listening any more to me.” “like a lost boy.”
“(turns away)”
“only bowin’ to his passport”
“(holding back a voice full of anger)”
“risen”
“It’s wonderful. He sings, he cooks, he could make dresses.” “unconsciously twisting the newspaper into a tight roll…he sees he is exposing the issue and he is driven on…he has bent the rolled paper and it suddenly tears in two.” “mildly staggers Rodolfo.”

“but what you gonna be?”
“mockingly”
“are like animals that have torn one another and broken up without a decision, each waiting for the other’s mood.” (Eddie & Rodolfo). “a faint, lonely blue”
“glowing in light”
“has at the same time appeared beside the phone”
“restlessly”
“I want my respect”
“jump me...
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