A Taste of Honey

Seventeen-year-old Jo is a witty, sensitive character whose rebellious impulses can be seen as the direct result of her feelings of abandonment. She shares a strong bond with her mother Helen—the two women’s vicious fighting often demonstrates their profound knowledge of each other—but Jo feels emotionally and materially abandoned by her mother. This troubled relationship leads Jo to yearn for economic independence from Helen, but also reveals her deep longing for her mother’s love and, more generally, her desire for her mother to be more present in her life. Jo’s artistic sensibility expresses itself through her drawings, but she does not seem optimistic enough about her talent to want to develop it in any structured way. Throughout the play, she alternates between youthful optimism and feelings of despair, as she attempts to cope with her pregnancy and the daunting prospect of motherhood. Abandoned not only by her mother but by Jimmie, the father of her child, her cohabitation with Geof reveals her need for a stable emotional presence in her life. She is grateful to Geof for making her feel loved and taken care of. Jo’s relationships with Geof and Jimmie also reveal her open-mindedness, as she proves herself disinclined to judge others based on their skin color or sexual orientation.

Jo Quotes in A Taste of Honey

The A Taste of Honey quotes below are all either spoken by Jo or refer to Jo. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Act 1: Scene 1 Quotes

HELEN: When I find somewhere for us to live I have to consider something far more important than your feelings . . . the rent. It’s all I can afford.

JO: You can afford something better than this old ruin.

HELEN: When you start earning you can start moaning.

JO: Can’t be soon enough for me. I’m old and my shoes let water . . . what a place. . . and we’re supposed to be living off her immoral earnings.

HELEN: I’m careful. Anyway, what’s wrong with this place? Everything in it’s falling apart, it’s true, and we’ve no heating—but there’s a lovely view of the gasworks, we share a bathroom with the community and this wallpaper’s contemporary. What more do you want? Anyway it’ll do for us.

Related Characters: Jo (speaker), Helen (speaker)
Page Number: 7
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JO: I’m going to unpack my bulbs. I wonder where I can put them.

HELEN: I could tell you.

JO: They’re supposed to be left in a cool, dark place.

HELEN: That’s where we all end up sooner or later. Still, it’s no use worrying, is it?

JO: I hope they bloom. Always before when I’ve tried to fix up a window box nothing’s ever grown in it.

HELEN: Why do you bother?

JO: It’s nice to see a few flowers, isn’t it?

Related Characters: Jo (speaker), Helen (speaker)
Related Symbols: Jo’s Flower Bulbs
Page Number: 11
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JO: See yourself. I’ve got to find somewhere for my bulbs.

HELEN: See yourself! Do everything yourself. That’s what happens. You bring’em up and they turn round and talk to you like that. I would never have dared talk to my mother like that when I was her age. She’d have knocked me into the middle of next week. Oh! my head. Whenever I walk, you know how it is! What a journey! I never realized this city was so big. Have we got any aspirins left, Jo?

Related Characters: Jo (speaker), Helen (speaker)
Related Symbols: Jo’s Flower Bulbs
Page Number: 12
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JO: Anyway I’m not getting married like you did.

HELEN: Oh!

JO: I’m too young and beautiful for that.

HELEN: Listen to it! Still, we all have funny ideas at that age, don’t we—makes no difference though, we all end up same way sooner or later.

Related Characters: Jo (speaker), Helen (speaker)
Related Symbols: Engagement Rings
Page Number: 13
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HELEN: […] Have you ever thought of going to a proper art school and getting a proper training?

JO: It’s too late.

HELEN: I’ll pay. You’re not stupid. You’ll soon learn.

JO: I’ve had enough of school. Too many different schools and too many different places.

HELEN: You’re wasting yourself.

JO: So long as I don’t waste anybody else. Why are you so suddenly interested in me, anyway? You’ve never cared much before about what I was doing or what I was trying to do or the difference between them.

HELEN: I know, I’m a cruel, wicked woman.

Related Characters: Jo (speaker), Helen (speaker)
Page Number: 15
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PETER: Is she always like this?

HELEN: She’s jealous . . .

PETER: That’s something I didn’t bargain for.

HELEN: Can’t bear to see me being affectionate with anybody.

JO: You’ve certainly never been affectionate with me.

PETER: Still, she’s old enough to take care of herself.

Related Characters: Jo (speaker), Helen (speaker), Peter Smith (speaker)
Related Symbols: Engagement Rings
Page Number: 19
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Act 1: Scene 2 Quotes

HELEN: […] There’s two w’s in your future. Work or want, and no Arabian Knight can tell you different. We’re all at the steering wheel of our own destiny. Careering along like drunken drivers. I’m going to get married. [The news is received in silence.] I said, I’m going to get married.

JO: Yes, I heard you the first time. What do you want me to do, laugh and throw pennies?

Related Characters: Jo (speaker), Helen (speaker), Peter Smith
Related Symbols: Engagement Rings
Page Number: 29
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HELEN: There’s plenty of food in the kitchen.

JO: You should prepare my meals like a proper mother.

HELEN: Have I ever laid claim to being a proper mother? If you’re too idle to cook your own meals you’ll just have to cut food out of your diet altogether. That should help you lose a bit of weight, if nothing else.

PETER: She already looks like a bad case of malnutrition.

Related Characters: Jo (speaker), Helen (speaker), Peter Smith (speaker)
Page Number: 35
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HELEN: You stupid little devil! What sort of a wife do you think you’d make? You’re useless. It takes you all your time to look after yourself. I suppose you think you’re in love. Anybody can fall in love, do you know that? But what do you know about the rest of it?

JO: Ask yourself.

HELEN: You know where that ring should be? In the ashcan with everything else. Oh! I could kill her, I could really.

JO: You don’t half knock me about. I hope you suffer for it.

HELEN: I’ve done my share of suffering if I never do any more. Oh Jo, you're only a kid. Why don’t you learn from my mistakes? It takes half your life to learn from your own.

Related Characters: Jo (speaker), Helen (speaker), Peter Smith, Jimmie (“The Boy”)
Related Symbols: Engagement Rings
Page Number: 41
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HELEN: I don’t suppose you’re sorry to see me go.

JO: I’m not sorry and I’m not glad.

HELEN: You don’t know what you do want.

JO: Yes, I do. I’ve always known what I want.

HELEN: And when it comes your way will you recognize it?

JO: Good luck, Helen.

Related Characters: Jo (speaker), Helen (speaker), Peter Smith
Related Symbols: Engagement Rings
Page Number: 44
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Act 2: Scene 1 Quotes

JO: Look, I’ve got a nice comfortable couch, I’ve even got some sheets. You can stay here if you’ll tell me what you do. Go on, I’ve always wanted to know about people like you.

GEOF: Go to hell.

JO: I won’t snigger, honest I won’t. Tell me some of it, go on. I bet you never told a woman before.

GEOF: I don’t go in for sensational confessions.

JO: I want to know what you do. I want to know why you do it. Tell me or get out.

GEOF: Right! [He goes to the door.]

JO: Geof, don’t go. Don’t go, Geof! I’m sorry. Please stay.

Related Characters: Jo (speaker), Geoffrey Ingram (speaker)
Page Number: 48
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GEOF: Has anybody ever tried?

JO: What?

GEOF: Taking you in hand.

JO: Yes.

GEOF: What happened to him?

JO: He came in with Christmas and went out with the New Year.

GEOF: Did you like him?

JO: He was all right . . .

GEOF: Did you love him?

JO: I don’t know much about love. I’ve never been too familiar with it. I suppose I must have loved him. They say love creates. And I’m certainly creating at the moment. I’m going to have a baby.

Related Characters: Jo (speaker), Geoffrey Ingram (speaker), Jimmie (“The Boy”)
Related Symbols: Engagement Rings
Page Number: 49
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JO: This place stinks. [Goes over to the door. Children are heard singing in the street.] That river, it’s the colour of lead. Look at that washing, it’s dirty, and look at those filthy children.

GEOF: It’s not their fault.

JO: It’s their parents’ fault. There’s a little boy over there and his hair, honestly, it’s walking away. And his ears. Oh! He’s a real mess! He never goes to school. He just sits on that front doorstep all day. I think he’s a bit deficient.

[The children’s voices die away. A tugboat hoots.]

His mother ought not to be allowed.

GEOF: Who?

JO: His mother. Think of all the harm she does having children.

Related Characters: Jo (speaker), Geoffrey Ingram (speaker), Helen
Page Number: 54
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HELEN: Well, come on, let’s have a look at you. [JO turns away.] What’s up? We’re all made the same, aren’t we?

JO: Yes we are.

HELEN: Well then. Can you cut the bread on it yet? [JO turns.] Yes, you’re carrying it a bit high, aren’t you? Are you going to the clinic regularly? Is she working?

Related Characters: Jo (speaker), Helen (speaker), Geoffrey Ingram
Page Number: 61
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HELEN: You couldn’t wait, could you? Now look at the mess you’ve landed yourself in.

JO: I’ll get out of it, without your help.

HELEN: You had to throw yourself at the first man you met, didn’t you?

JO: Yes, I did, that’s right.

HELEN: You’re man mad.

JO: I’m like you.

HELEN: You know what they’re calling you round here? A silly little whore!

JO: Well, they all know where I get it from too.

Related Characters: Jo (speaker), Helen (speaker)
Page Number: 62
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JO: It’s taken you a long time to come round to this, hasn’t it?

HELEN: What?

JO: The famous mother-love act.

HELEN: I haven’t been able to sleep for thinking about you since he came round to our house.

JO: And your sleep mustn’t be disturbed at any cost.

Related Characters: Jo (speaker), Helen (speaker), Geoffrey Ingram
Page Number: 64
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Act 2: Scene 2 Quotes

JO: You know, some people like to take out an insurance policy, don’t they?

GEOF: I’m a bit young for you to take out one on me.

JO: No. You know, they like to pray to the Almighty just in case he turns out to exist when they snuff it.

GEOF [brushing under the sofa]: Well, I never think about it. You come, you go. It’s simple.

JO: It’s not, it’s chaotic—a bit of love, a bit of lust and there you are. We don’t ask for life, we have it thrust upon us.

GEOF: What’s frightened you? Have you been reading the newspapers?

JO: No, I never do. Hold my hand, Geof.

Related Characters: Jo (speaker), Helen (speaker)
Related Symbols: Jo’s Flower Bulbs
Page Number: 71
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JO: You’ve got nice hands, hard. You know I used to try and hold my mother’s hands, but she always used to pull them away from me. So silly really. She had so much love for everyone else, but none for me.

GEOF: If you don’t watch it, you’ll turn out exactly like her.

JO: I’m not like her at all.

GEOF: In some ways you are already, you know.

Related Characters: Jo (speaker), Geoffrey Ingram (speaker)
Page Number: 71-72
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GEOF: That doesn’t mean to say it’s the truth. Do people ever tell the truth about themselves?

JO: Why should she want to spin me a yarn like that?

GEOF: She likes to make an effect.

JO: Like me?

GEOF: You said it. You only have to let your hair grow for a week for Helen to think you’re a cretin.

Related Characters: Jo (speaker), Geoffrey Ingram (speaker), Helen
Page Number: 73
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HELEN: What an arty little freak! I wasn’t rude to him. I never said a word. I never opened my mouth.

JO: Look, he’s the only friend I’ve got, as a matter of fact.

HELEN: Jo! I thought you could find yourself something more like a man.

JO: Why were you so nasty to him?

HELEN: I wasn’t nasty to him. Besides, I couldn’t talk to you in front of him, could I? Hey, wait till you see these things for the baby.

JO: You hurt people’s feelings and you don’t even notice.

Related Characters: Jo (speaker), Helen (speaker), Geoffrey Ingram
Page Number: 79
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JO: So we’re back where we started. And all those months you stayed away from me because of him! Just like when I was small.

HELEN: I never thought about you! It’s a funny thing, I never have done when I’ve been happy. But these last few weeks I’ve known I should be with you.

JO: So you stayed away.

HELEN: Yes. I can’t stand trouble.

JO: Oh, there’s no trouble. I’ve been performing a perfectly normal, healthy function. We’re wonderful! Do you know, for the first time in my life I feel really important. I feel as though I could take care of the whole world. I even feel as though I could take care of you, too!

Related Characters: Jo (speaker), Helen (speaker), Peter Smith, Geoffrey Ingram
Related Symbols: Engagement Rings
Page Number: 81
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Jo Character Timeline in A Taste of Honey

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Act 1: Scene 1
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Helen and her daughter Jo are carrying luggage into their new apartment. Jo, who is seeing the apartment for the... (full context)
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Seemingly indifferent to Jo’s remarks, Helen asks her daughter for alcohol. Jo grudgingly hands her a whisky bottle while... (full context)
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...try to figure out if the apartment has a heating system, Helen tries to convince Jo to drink, but Jo says she doesn’t like the smell. When Jo asks her mother... (full context)
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Jo keeps complaining about the apartment’s state and, when Helen agrees that it is indeed in... (full context)
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When Jo asks if young people live next door, Helen says that she is not sure but... (full context)
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Jo observes the buildings surrounding their new home, saying she smells the river and that the... (full context)
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Jo unpacks some flower bulbs she wants to use to make the apartment look prettier, saying... (full context)
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After asking Jo if she has any aspirins left, Helen notes matter-of-factly that this new move will make... (full context)
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Upset at her mother’s uncaring attitude, Jo says that Helen could probably do a better job of ruining her life, since she’s... (full context)
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Jo recalls a dream about her mother that she had the previous night. Policemen were digging... (full context)
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When Helen begins to organize some of their belongings, she sees drawings that Jo has made and is extremely surprised to discover that her daughter has talent. Moved by... (full context)
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Jo asks Helen why they had to move yet again. Before her mother has a chance... (full context)
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Seemingly resigned, Jo decides to go bathe and Helen tells her the communal bathroom is at the end... (full context)
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...him how he found her address, and after a few seconds of hearing their conversation Jo realizes that he is the person her mother was trying to escape. When Peter discovers... (full context)
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Full of underlying anger, Jo tells Peter that Helen must never have mentioned to him that she had a daughter.... (full context)
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Jo, who has left the room to get the coffee ready, returns and coughs to make... (full context)
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Jo says that Helen should be in bed and asks if Peter is going to leave.... (full context)
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Helen goes to bed, saying that they can always take care of cleaning tomorrow. Jo, who has noticed the hallway is dark now, decides to take a bath tomorrow. Helen... (full context)
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Jo ironically says that Helen should have made Peter stay, since it is not the first... (full context)
Act 1: Scene 2
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Jo and her boyfriend Jimmie, a young black sailor, are walking in the street and stop... (full context)
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When Jimmie kisses Jo, she complains about it, saying that she likes it but doesn’t want to do it... (full context)
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Jimmie asks how old Jo is and she says she is almost eighteen. Still shocked at Jo’s agreement to marry... (full context)
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Jimmie asks Jo what her mother will say and Jo says that she will probably laugh. Jimmie does... (full context)
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...should get married and decide to do it in six months, during Jimmie’s next leave. Jo tries to put the ring on her finger but realizes it is too big. She... (full context)
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Jo uses her hair ribbon as a necklace for her ring. Jimmie says she has a... (full context)
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...would like not to be in the Navy so that he could spend time with Jo. He jokes that he is now trapped in matrimony, and the two of them teasingly... (full context)
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Jo tells Jimmie he sometimes looks that old and asks him if his ancestors came from... (full context)
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Jo asks Jimmie if she will see him tonight, but he says he is going out... (full context)
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When Jo enters her apartment, Helen notices that Jo is late and says that her eyes betray... (full context)
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Jo asks Helen to look up in a magazine what is playing at the cinema tomorrow.... (full context)
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Suddenly, Jo asks her mother what her birthdate is and Helen admits she doesn’t know, ironically saying... (full context)
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In the magazine, Jo notices a commercial for an Arabian mystic who reads people’s destinies, and Helen makes a... (full context)
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Jo initially remains silent when she hears about her mother’s engagement. However, after Helen incites her... (full context)
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...apartment with a bouquet of flowers and a box of chocolates. While he looks uncomfortable, Jo ironically calls him “Daddy” and Peter realizes that Helen has already told Jo the news.... (full context)
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Peter criticizes the way Jo is devouring all her chocolates, and Jo in turn tells him not to act like... (full context)
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...announce that they are celebrating the fact that Peter has bought a house, which leads Jo, surprised and hurt, to comment that her mother has indeed planned everything behind her back.... (full context)
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Believing that Peter might be hiding something, Jo notices that Peter has other pictures in his wallet and asks to see them. Peter... (full context)
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Jo then asks Peter why he wears an eye patch. Peter explains that he lost an... (full context)
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Jo asks him why he is marrying Helen and Peter asks her why he shouldn’t, to... (full context)
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...for her in the pub, but Helen suddenly appears, looking for her hat. She tells Jo, who has been smoking, to put her cigarette out and asks why there are so... (full context)
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Jo asks Helen why she is marrying Peter, and Helen says that it has to do... (full context)
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When Helen and Peter say they are hungry, Jo, trying to remind her mother of her responsibilities, says that she is too and that... (full context)
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Jo lies down on the bed and begins to cry. Soon, however, her boyfriend walks in.... (full context)
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Jimmie asks her about the couple he just saw exiting the building and Jo tells him it was her mother and her new fiancé. Jimmie notes that Jo would... (full context)
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When Jimmie notices how cold it is in the apartment, Jo explains that the heating doesn’t work and asks him if he is going someplace warm... (full context)
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Jimmie then tenderly puts on Jo’s necklace. When Jo asks him about the ring, Jimmie admits that he bought it a... (full context)
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When Jo says she merely wants to make the most of the limited time they have together,... (full context)
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Helen is bearing boxes full of wedding clothes and is excitedly telling Jo to hurry up. Jo, who has a heavy cold, walks in in her pajamas. Helen... (full context)
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 While getting ready, Helen suddenly notices that Jo is trying to hide something. Aggressive in her curiosity, she finally succeeds in grabbing hold... (full context)
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...who seems truly distraught at her daughter’s decision, suddenly softens in an effort to convince Jo that she is too young to get married and that she should learn from her... (full context)
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Jo changes the subject to her cold, saying this too is Helen’s fault. She asks her... (full context)
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Before Helen leaves, Jo asks Helen what her father was like. Helen ends up revealing to Jo that her... (full context)
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Disappointed with what her mother has just told her, Jo complains about her father’s story, but Helen retorts that it is simply the truth. Jo... (full context)
Act 2: Scene 1
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It is now summer and Jo, who is visibly pregnant, enters the apartment with her friend Geoffrey. The two of them... (full context)
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Jo asks Geof to go get her some biscuits in the kitchen but to keep the... (full context)
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Judging by how eager Geof was to accompany her home, Jo becomes convinced that Geof’s landlady has indeed kicked him out of his apartment. While he... (full context)
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Geof begins to look through Jo’s book of drawings and criticizes them, saying that they are too unstructured and sentimental. Jo... (full context)
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Geof asks Jo if she loved Jimmie and Jo says that she is not sure what love is,... (full context)
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Jo says that she does not want to work much longer because she doesn’t like people... (full context)
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Jo does not want to hear Geof’s ideas because she says planning for the baby before... (full context)
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Inspired by one of Geof’s exclamations, Jo recites a few rhyming poetic lines in a playful tone, calling her creation a dramatic... (full context)
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...a car with free coupons that Geof collects, the two decide to go to bed. Jo says that Geof will probably not sleep well on the couch, but both agree that... (full context)
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In the dark, Jo then begins to sing a nursery rhyme about a black boy and, when Geof asks... (full context)
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A few months pass, and Jo and Geof are still living together. While the sound of children’s singing can be heard... (full context)
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 Suddenly, Jo tells Geof the baby has just kicked in her belly. Speaking to her baby, she... (full context)
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Jo asks Geof why he was talking to the landlady yesterday. Geof tells her he gave... (full context)
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Geof tells Jo to keep quiet and to read a book about caring for babies that he got... (full context)
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Jo listens to the children singing outside and asks Geof why he is still here, to... (full context)
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Geof then grabs hold of Jo’s arm, saying he has never kissed a girl. Despite Jo’s efforts to break loose, Geof... (full context)
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After forcing Geof to accept a piece of chocolate, Jo tells him that he should probably leave, saying that leaving would be better for him... (full context)
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Helen suddenly enters the apartment, loudly asking for Jo and calling Geof Romeo, while Geof, in a meek, submissive tone, begs Helen not to... (full context)
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Geof complains to Helen that Jo never leaves the apartment, which is the main reason he asked for Helen’s help. Instead... (full context)
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Helen makes ironic comments about Jo’s boyfriend’s absence and Geof, in turn, attacks Helen for being gone for a long time... (full context)
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Helen chases Jo through the room while attacking her verbally for the dreadful situation she has put herself... (full context)
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...to stop yelling, to which Helen replies that they enjoy it. Helen proceeds to give Jo a speech about the importance of being independent and self-reliant. She tells Jo that she... (full context)
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After Geof leaves, Helen laments Jo’s thinness and, in a pacifying voice, tells her that she didn’t come here to fight... (full context)
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...aggressively, telling him to go back outside to wait for her, Peter makes fun of Jo’s pregnancy and sings a song about being a big girl. When he sees Geof and... (full context)
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...ultimately calling her a “sour-faced old bitch” and asking her to come out for drinks. Jo tries to kick him but Peter threatens her to attack her as well and then... (full context)
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...and tells him to leave. When Peter notices that Helen is giving his money to Jo, however, he takes it back and finally exits the apartment to look for the bathroom,... (full context)
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Jo chats with her mother about Peter’s state, asking her how long he has been like... (full context)
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Taking on a more sincere, compassionate tone, Helen asks Jo to come stay with her, but Jo refuses, which leads Helen to attack her, mocking... (full context)
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...apartment again, more sober but also more hostile. Helen keeps offering to take care of Jo, but Jo argues that her mother should have done so years ago, when she needed... (full context)
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Helen says that she does not want Jo to stay in such a repulsive neighborhood but Geof intervenes, arguing that the people are... (full context)
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After Peter and Helen leave, Geof is at least relieved that Helen has left Jo money but Jo explains that Peter took it away. She hands Geof a cigarette, calling... (full context)
Act 2: Scene 2
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Months later, Geof and Jo are in the apartment. While Geof is cleaning the floor with a mop, Jo is... (full context)
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Jo ironically tells Geof he hasn’t admired her house-coat, which she has made herself, but Geof... (full context)
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...sofa to clean, he discovers a hidden pile of garbage, which he finds absolutely disgusting. Jo then realizes that the bulbs she had brought with her when she first moved into... (full context)
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Geof says he never thinks about death, merely accepting that people come and go, but Jo reveals her philosophy about the chaotic nature of life. She believes that life is made... (full context)
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As Geof tries to calm Jo down she admires his hands, saying that she used to try to hold her mother’s... (full context)
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Angry and vengeful, Jo then tells Geof that he can stay with her in the apartment only if he... (full context)
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Jo complains about Geof always wearing black shirts and then begins to yell at him for... (full context)
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The two joke about the Irish and Jo tells Geof that her father was both an Irishman and an idiot. She summarizes the... (full context)
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 Geof laughs at Jo for worrying about her father for so many months, even though this is clearly an... (full context)
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Jo asks Geof to put his arms around her. Geof then tells her he has a... (full context)
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Geof argues that, in that case, Jo should probably consider giving her baby up for adoption. He wonders if Jo might feel... (full context)
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Geof then encourages Jo to forget about that dream and to focus on her present responsibilities. He asks her... (full context)
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Realizing that he will never take the place of a romantic partner, Geof assumes that Jo is simply staying with him until she finds a new boyfriend, but he declares himself... (full context)
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The two go to the kitchen to get the cake ready and Jo playfully notes that they do not need to think about marriage, since they have already... (full context)
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...and announces that she has come back. Expressing all her thoughts without stopping, she gives Jo flowers, complains about carrying her luggage, and says the apartment looks more cheerful. Jo offers... (full context)
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...to note that he is still there, although she also expected it. She then tells Jo that she cannot have a baby in that apartment, since the birth of one’s first... (full context)
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...asking for a cup of tea and complaining that her suitcases were hard to carry. Jo asks her why she is carrying so much luggage and Helen reveals that she has... (full context)
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...daughter, and Geof submissively says he actually wanted to go do some grocery shopping. While Jo tells him he shouldn’t let Helen control him, Helen complains about Geof’s mumbling. Helen calls... (full context)
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Helen feigns surprise at Geof’s departure and Jo attacks her for being rude. Helen defends herself, claiming she did nothing wrong, but Jo... (full context)
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Jo asks Helen to stop being mean to Geof and inquires whether Peter has kicked her... (full context)
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While Helen seems contemptuous of Jo’s lack of definite plans, Jo criticizes her mother’s attitude of superiority, reminding Helen that being... (full context)
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Helen finally reveals that Peter left her for another woman, and Jo cannot believe that the two of them are now back to where they were at... (full context)
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Helen tells Jo that she has ordered a baby cot for her. When Jo shows her the wicker... (full context)
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...grandchild in it. As with Helen’s other comments, Geof rebuts her criticisms by saying that Jo likes it. Helen then enters the kitchen, which she finds as messy as the rest... (full context)
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Geof says he is leaving but notes that Jo had said she wanted him with her during labor, since that would keep her from... (full context)
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Helen goes to sit by Jo’s side and Jo asks her if childbirth is painful. Helen recalls her own experience giving... (full context)
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Jo then worries about where Helen is going to sleep but Helen tells her not to... (full context)
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...she enters the kitchen she realizes that she doesn’t know how to use the stove. Jo tells her to turn all the knobs but to be careful not to gas herself. (full context)
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Jo then announces that her baby is going to be black. Taken by surprise, Helen at... (full context)
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Irritated, Jo tells Helen that she can leave if she is not satisfied with the situation. Helen... (full context)
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...“put it on the stage and call it Blackbird.” After Helen hurriedly leaves the apartment, Jo looks around the room and remembers the playful nursery rhyme that Geof once recited to... (full context)