August: Osage County

by

Tracy Letts

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Barbara Fordham Character Analysis

Beverly and Violet’s eldest daughter. A whip-smart and sharp-tongued woman who has painstakingly tried to distance herself from the Plains and from her family, Barbara is both practical and easily flustered, decisive and yet flailing in her own role as a wife and a mother. Barbara’s arc throughout the play focuses on her power struggles with Violet, an abusive addict. Barbara’s desire to unseat her mother as the matriarch of the family reflects her symbolic desire to reclaim the self-worth and dignity that Violet has stolen from her all her life. The claustrophobic, oppressive vortex of Pawhuska threatens to reclaim Barbara and erase all the progress she has made in her life, but by the end of the play she has managed to once again—and, it’s implied, for the final time—escape the clutches of her unstable mother, her family’s broken legacy, and her stifling hometown.

Barbara Fordham Quotes in August: Osage County

The August: Osage County quotes below are all either spoken by Barbara Fordham or refer to Barbara Fordham. 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

BARBARA: Goddamn, it’s hot.

BILL: Wimp.

BARBARA: I know it. Colorado spoiled me.

BILL: That’s one of the reasons we got out of here.

BARARA: No, it’s not.

BILL: You suppose your mom’s turned on the air conditioner?

BARBARA: Are you kidding? Remember the parakeets?

BILL: The parakeets.

BARBARA: I didn’t tell you about the parakeets? She got a parakeet, for some insane reason, and the little fucker croaked after about two days. So she went to the pet store and raised hell and they gave her another parakeet. That one died after just one day. So she went back and they gave her a third parakeet and that one died, too. So the chick from the per store came out here to see just what in hell this serial parakeet killer was doing to bump off these birds.

BILL: And?

BARBARA: The heat. It was too hot. They were dying from the heat.

Related Characters: Barbara Fordham (speaker), Bill Fordham (speaker), Violet Weston
Related Symbols: Heat
Page Number: 25
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Act 1, Scene 2 Quotes

VIOLET: [Beverly] just told me he’s disappointed in you because you settled.

BARBARA: Is that supposed to be a comment on Bill? Daddy never said anything like that to you—

VIOLET: Your father thought you had talent, as a writer.

BARBARA: If he thought that, and I doubt he did, he was wrong. Anyway, what difference does it make? It’s my life. I can do what I want. So he was disappointed in me because I settled for a beautiful family and a teaching career, is that what you’re saying? What a load of absolute horseshit.

Related Characters: Violet Weston (speaker), Barbara Fordham (speaker), Beverly Weston, Bill Fordham
Page Number: 33
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VIOLET: I’m not hooked on anything.

BARBARA: I don’t know if you are or not, I’m just saying I won’t go—

VIOLET: I’m not. I’m in pain.

BARBARA: Because of your mouth.

VIOLET: Yes, because my mouth burns from the chemotheeeahh.

BARBARA: Are you in a lot of pain?

VIOLET: (Starting to cry.) Yes, I’m in pain. I have got... gotten cancer. In my mouth. And it burns like a … bullshit. And Beverly’s disappeared and you’re yelling at me.

BARBARA: I’m not yelling at you.

VIOLET: You couldn’t come home when I got cancer but as soon as Beverly disappeared you rushed back—

BARBARA: I’m sorry. I … you’re right. I’m sorry. (Violet cries. Barbara kneels in front of her, takes her hand.) You know where I think he is? I think he got some whiskey…a carton of cigarettes, couple of good spy novels… aannnd I think he got out on the boat, steered it to a nice spot, somewhere in the shade, close to shore…and he’s fishing, and reading, and drinking, and if the mood strikes him, maybe even writing a little. I think he’s safe. And I think he’ll walk through that door…any time.

Related Characters: Violet Weston (speaker), Barbara Fordham (speaker), Beverly Weston
Page Number: 33-34
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Act 1, Scene 3 Quotes

BILL: Barbara, please, we have enough on our hands with your parents right now. Let’s not revisit all this.

BARBARA: Revisit, when did we visit this to begin with? You pulled the rug out from under me. I still don’t know what happened. Do I bore you, intimidate you, disgust you? Is this just about the pleasures of young flesh, teenage pussy? I really need to know.

BILL: You need to know now? You want to have this discussion with Beverly missing, and your mother crazy as a loon, and our daughter twenty feet away? Do you really want to do this now? […] This discussion deserves our care. And patience. We’ll both be in a better frame of mind to talk about this once your father’s come home.

BARBARA: My father’s dead, Bill.

Related Characters: Barbara Fordham (speaker), Bill Fordham (speaker), Beverly Weston, Jean Fordham
Page Number: 39-40
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Act 2, Scene 1 Quotes

KAREN: I guess what I’m telling you is that I’m finally happy. I’ve been really unhappy for most of my life, my adult life. I doubt you’ve been aware of that. I know our lives have led us apart, you, me and Ivy, and maybe we’re not as close as we … as close as some families—

BARBARA: Yeah, we really need to talk about Mom, what to do about Mom—

KAREN:—but I think at least one reason for that is that I haven’t wanted to live my unhappiness in full view of my family. But now I’m … well, I’m just really happy. And I’d really like us to maybe get to know each other a little better.

Related Characters: Barbara Fordham (speaker), Karen Weston (speaker), Violet Weston, Ivy Weston, Steve Heidebrecht
Page Number: 48
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BARBARA: Three days ago … I had to identify my father’s corpse. And now I sit here and listen to you viciously attack each and every member of this family—

VIOLET: “Attack my family”?! You ever been attacked in your sweet spoiled life?! Tell her ‘bout attacks, Mattie Fae, tell her what an attack looks like!

MATTIE FAE: Vi, please—

IVY: Settle down, Mom—

VIOLET: Stop telling me to settle down, goddamn it! I’m not a goddamn invalid! I don’t need to be abided, do I?! Am I already passed over?!

MATTIE FAE: Honey—

VIOLET: (Points to Mattie Fae.) This woman came to my rescue when one of my dear mother’s many gentlemen friends was attacking me, with a claw hammer! This woman has dents in her skull from hammer blows! You think you been attacked?! What do you know about life on these Plains? What do you now about hard times?

BARBARA: I know you had a rotten childhood, Mom. Who didn’t?

VIOLET: You DON'T know! You do NOT know! None of you know, 'cept this woman right here and that man we buried today! Sweet girl, sweet Barbara, my heart breaks for every time you ever felt pain. I wish I coulda shielded you from it. But if you think for a solitary second you can fathom the paint that man endured in his natural life, you got another think coming.

Related Characters: Violet Weston (speaker), Barbara Fordham (speaker), Mattie Fae Aiken (speaker)
Page Number: 71
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VIOLET: Do you know where your father lived from age four ‘til about ten? Do you? (No one responds) Do you?!

BARBARA: No.

IVY: No.

VIOLET: In a Pontiac sedan. With his mother, his father, in a fucking car! Now what else do you want to say about your rotten childhood? That’s the crux of the biscuit: We lived too hard, then rose too high. We sacrificed everything and we did it all for you. Your father and I were the first in our families to finish high school and he wound up an award-winning poet. You girls, given a college education, taken for granted no doubt, and where'd you wind up? (Jabs a finger at Karen.) Whadda you do? (Jabs a finger at Ivy.) Whadda you do? (Jabs a finger at Barbara.) Who're you? Jesus, you worked as hard as us, you'd all be president. You never had real problems so you got to make all your problems yourselves.

Related Characters: Violet Weston (speaker), Barbara Fordham (speaker), Ivy Weston (speaker)
Page Number: 71
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BARBARA: You’re a drug addict.

VIOLET: That is the truth! That’s what I’m getting at! I, everybody listen … I am a drug addict. I am addicted to drugs, pills, ‘specially downers. (Pulls a bottle of pills from her pocket, holds them up.) Y’see these little blue babies? These are my best fucking friends and they never let me down. Try to get ‘em away from me and I’ll eat you alive.

BARBARA: Gimme those goddamn pills—

VIOLET: I’ll eat you alive, girl!

Related Characters: Violet Weston (speaker), Barbara Fordham (speaker)
Page Number: 72
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BARBARA: Okay. Pill raid. Johnna, help me in the kitchen. Bill, take Ivy and Jean upstairs. (To Ivy.) You remember how to do this, right?

IVY: Yeah…

BARBARA: (To Jean) Everything. Go through everything, every counter, every drawer, every shoe box. Nothing’s too personal. Anything even looks suspicious, throw it in a box and we can sort it out later. You understand?

CHARLIE: What should we do?

BARBARA: Get Mom some black coffee and a wet towel and listen to her bullshit. Karen, call Dr. Burke.

KAREN: What do you want me to say?

BARBARA: Tell him we got a sick woman here.

VIOLET: You can’t do this! This is my house! This is my house!

BARBARA: You don’t get it, do you? (With a burst of adrenaline, she strides to Violet, towers over her.) I’M RUNNING THINGS NOW!

Related Characters: Violet Weston (speaker), Barbara Fordham (speaker), Ivy Weston (speaker), Karen Weston (speaker), Charlie Aiken (speaker), Jean Fordham
Page Number: 73
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Act 3, Scene 1 Quotes

BARBARA: You might have told us [about the cancer].

IVY: You weren’t going to tell us about you and Bill.

BARBARA: That’s different.

IVY: Why? Because it’s you, and not me?

BARBARA: No, because divorce is an embarrassing public admission of defeat. Cancer’s fucking cancer, you can’t help that. We’re your sisters. We might have given you some comfort.

IVY: I just don’t feel that connection very keenly.

KAREN: I feel very connected, to both of you.

IVY: (Amused) We never see you, you’re never around, you haven’t been around for—

KAREN: But I still feel that connection!

IVY: You think if you tether yourself to this place in mind only, you don’t need to actually appear.

KAREN: You know me that well.

IVY: No, and that’s my point. I can’t perpetuate these myths of family or sisterhood anymore. We’re all just people, some of us accidentally connected by genetics, a random selection of cells. Nothing more.

Related Characters: Barbara Fordham (speaker), Ivy Weston (speaker), Karen Weston (speaker), Bill Fordham
Page Number: 76-77
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BARBARA: Aren’t you angry with him?

IVY: No. He’s accountable to no one but himself. If he’s better off now, and I don’t doubt he is, who are we to begrudge him that?

BARBARA: His daughters.

KAREN: Yeah—

BARBARA: And I’m fucking furious. The selfish son-of-a-bitch, his silence, his melancholy … he could have, for me, for us, for all of us, he could have helped us, included us, talked to us.

IVY: You might not have liked what you heard. What if the truth of the matter is that Beverly Weston never liked you? That he never liked any of us, never had any special feeling of any kind for his children?

Related Characters: Barbara Fordham (speaker), Ivy Weston (speaker), Karen Weston (speaker), Beverly Weston
Page Number: 78
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MATTIE FAE: Y’know, I’m not proud of this.

BARBARA: Really. You people amaze me. What, were you drunk? Was this just some—?

MATTIE FAE: I wasn’t drunk, no. Maybe it’s hard for you to believe, looking at me, knowing me the way you do, all these years. I know to you, I’m just your old fat Aunt Mattie Fae. But I’m more than that, sweetheart … there’s more to me than that. Charlie’s right, of course. As usual. I don’t know why Little Charles is such a disappointment to me. Maybe he … well, I don’t know why. I guess I’m disappointed for him, more than anything. I made a mistake, a long time ago. Well, okay. Fair enough. I’ve paid for it. But the mistake ends here.

BARBARA: If Ivy found out about this, it would destroy her.

MATTIE FAE: I’m sure as hell not gonna tell her. You have to find a way to stop it. You have to put a stop to it.
BARBARA: Why me?

MATTIE FAE: You said you were running things.

Related Characters: Barbara Fordham (speaker), Mattie Fae Aiken (speaker), Ivy Weston, Charlie Aiken, Little Charles Aiken
Page Number: 84-85
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Act 3, Scene 3 Quotes

BARBARA: One of the last times I spoke with my father, we were talking about … I don’t know, the state of the world, something … and he said, “You know, this country was always pretty much a whorehouse, but at least it used to have some promise. Now it’s just a shithole.” And I think now maybe he was talking about something else, something more specific, something more personal to him … this house? This family? His marriage? Himself? I don’t know. But there was something sad in his voice—or no, not sad, he always sounded sad—something more hopeless than that. As if it had already happened. As if whatever was disappearing had already disappeared. As if it was too late. As if it was already over. And no one saw it go. This country, this experiment, America, this hubris: what a lament, if no one saw it go. Here today, gone tomorrow. (Beat.) Dissipation is actually much worse than cataclysm.

Related Characters: Barbara Fordham (speaker), Beverly Weston, Johnna Monevata
Page Number: 91
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Act 3, Scene 5 Quotes

IVY: Why did you tell me? Why in God’s name did you tell me this?

VIOLET: Hey, what do you care?

IVY: You’re monsters.

VIOLET: Come on now—

IVY: Picking the bones of the rest of us—

VIOLET: You crazy nut.

IVY: Monsters.

VIOLET: Who’s the injured party here? (Ivy staggers out of the dining room, into the living room. Barbara pursues her.)

BARBARA: Ivy, listen—

Ivy: Leave me alone!

BARBARA: Honey—

IVY: I won’t let you do this to me!

BARBARA: When Mattie Fae told me, I didn’t know what to do—

IVY: I won’t let you change my story! (Ivy exits. Barbara chases after her and catches her on the front porch.)
BARBARA: Goddamn it, listen to me: I tried to protect you—

IVY: We’ll go anyway. We’ll still go away, and you will never see me again.

BARBARA: Don’t leave me like this.

IVY: You will never see me again.

BARBARA: This is not my fault. I didn’t tell you. Mom told you. It wasn’t me, it was Mom.

IVY: There’s no difference.

Related Characters: Violet Weston (speaker), Barbara Fordham (speaker), Ivy Weston (speaker), Mattie Fae Aiken, Little Charles Aiken
Page Number: 99
Explanation and Analysis:

VIOLET. You had better understand this, you smug little ingrate, there is at least one reason Beverly killed himself and that's you. Think there’s any way he would’ve done what he did if you were still here? No, just him and me, here in this house, in the dark, left to just ourselves, abandoned, wasted lifetimes devoted to your care and comfort. So stick that knife of judgment in me, go ahead, but make no mistake, his blood is just as much on your hands as it is on mine. (No response. Violet enters the study. Barbara follows.) He did this, though; this was his doing, nor ours. Can you imagine anything more cruel, to make me responsible? And why, just to weaken me, just to make me prove my character? So no, I waited, I waited so I could get my hands on that safety deposit box, but I would have waited anyway. You want to show who's stronger Bev? Nobody is stronger than me, goddamn it. When nothing is left, when everything is gone and disappeared, I'll be here. Who’s stronger now, you son-of-a-bitch?!

BARBARA. No, you're right, Mom. You're the strong one. (Barbara kisses her mother… exits the study, returns to the living room.)

Related Characters: Violet Weston (speaker), Barbara Fordham (speaker), Beverly Weston
Page Number: 100-101
Explanation and Analysis:

VIOLET. Barbara? (Barbara grabs her purse, digs out rental car keys.) Barbara? (Barbara stands, listens to her mother.) Barbara, please. (Barbara exits the house.) Please, Barbara. Please. (Violet shuffles into the living room.) Barbara? You in here? (She crosses to the dining room.) Ivy? Ivy, you here? Barb? (She crosses to the kitchen.) Barb? Ivy? (She turns in a circle, disoriented, panicked. She crosses to the study.) Bev? (She reenters the living room, stumbles to the stereo, puts on Clapton ... stares at the turntable as the album spins ... attacks the record player, rakes the needle across the album. She looks around, terrified, disoriented.)

Related Characters: Violet Weston (speaker), Beverly Weston, Barbara Fordham, Ivy Weston
Related Symbols: “Lay Down, Sally”
Page Number: 101
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Barbara Fordham Character Timeline in August: Osage County

The timeline below shows where the character Barbara Fordham appears in August: Osage County. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1, Scene 1
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Upstairs, Violet asks Ivy if she has called Barbara—her daughter, and Ivy’s sister—yet. Ivy says she did, and tells Violet that Barb and her... (full context)
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...and says that neither Karen nor Ivy will be any help—the one she needs is Barb. Violet begins disparaging Ivy for her appearance, making negative comments about her recently-straightened hair, her... (full context)
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Barbara and Bill arrive on the porch, carrying suitcases. Their daughter Jean is by the car,... (full context)
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Barbara cannot believe she is home on the Plains once again—a place she and Bill see... (full context)
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Mattie Fae greets Bill, Barbara, and Jean enthusiastically. Mattie Fae remarks on how big Jean has gotten, and comments on... (full context)
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Violet pulls Barbara and Bill into the living room, and asks them to help her with paperwork which,... (full context)
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Barbara, Bill, and Violet sit in the dining room drinking coffee and eating pie. Violet is... (full context)
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Barbara asks Violet why Violet was concerned about the box—Violet reveals that she and Beverly had... (full context)
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...there was any trigger or catalyst for Beverly’s departure, but Violet says that there wasn’t. Barbara sarcastically applauds her “good old unfathomable dad.” When Bill presses Violet to think of anything... (full context)
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Violet changes the subject, asking Barbara when she was last in Oklahoma—she says she herself can’t even remember. Barbara begs her... (full context)
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Violet tells Barbara that Beverly’s “blessing” was false—behind her back, Beverly told Violet that he was disappointed in... (full context)
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Barbara asks Violet if Violet is high; Violet says she isn’t, though she very clearly is.... (full context)
Act 1, Scene 3
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Barbara pulls down a hide-a-bed in the living room and begins setting up her and Bill’s... (full context)
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Bill comments that Violet has “a way of putting [Barbara] in attack mode.” Barbara insists that her mother doesn’t have anything to do with her... (full context)
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...and blue police lights flash through the living room. Johnna appears downstairs, and gently wakes Barbara. She tells Barbara that the sheriff is at the house. Bill and Barbara scramble out... (full context)
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Bill lets the sheriff in, and Barbara and Johnna return downstairs. As the sheriff steps into the room, Barbara recognizes him as... (full context)
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...Gilbeau says that he needs a relative to come with him and identify the body. Barbara says she doesn’t think she can do it. Bill offers to go, but Gilbeau insists... (full context)
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...as it has been in the water for about three days—he urges Bill to “prepare” Barbara for what she will see down at the lake. (full context)
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Up on the second floor, Jean sits with Barbara while Barbara brushes her hair. Barbara reveals to Jean that she and the Sheriff went... (full context)
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In the dining room, Barbara and her sister Karen fold napkins and place them on the table. Karen babbles on... (full context)
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Johnna brings a pitcher of iced tea from the kitchen. Barbara is grateful for it—she is having a hot flash. Karen brings the conversation back to... (full context)
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...and seems to have something to do with security, the Middle East, and offshore accounts. Barbara asks Jean what she’s watching on TV—Jean is watching a restored version of the 1925... (full context)
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Barbara leaves the room, and Steve comes in. He starts talking to Jean about the movie,... (full context)
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Barbara and Bill are in the dining room, arguing. Barbara accuses Bill of being an absent... (full context)
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...family makes their way to the dining room. Their conversations overlap with one another—Karen tells Barbara about how she just showed Steve their old fort, Little Charles attempts to apologize to... (full context)
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Violet tells Barbara to say grace in Beverly’s absence, but Barbara insists that Charlie, now the family’s patriarch,... (full context)
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Violet, pointing out the sideboard, asks Barbara if she wants it—she tells Barbara, as she told Ivy earlier, that she is clearing... (full context)
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...subject, telling Violet about how she took Steve out to see the fort where she, Barbara, and Ivy used to play cowboys and Indians. Violet corrects Karen, telling her she used... (full context)
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...instead, saying she’ll sell it to them for less than she would at an auction. Barbara suggests that Violet will never get around to the auction, and they’ll all just take... (full context)
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...Bill where he’s living, and whether he wants the sideboard—she has intuited that Bill and Barbara are separated. She chides Barbara for thinking she could “slip that one by [her],” stating... (full context)
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...asks Violet why she’s being so “adversarial,” but she insists she’s just telling the truth. Barbara admonishes Violet for “viciously attack[ing]” the entire family. Violet stands up and begins screaming—she says... (full context)
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Violet tells Barbara that her heart breaks for “every time [Barbara] ever felt pain,” but that Barbara cannot... (full context)
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Barbara tells Violet that she’s a drug addict. Joyfully, Violet shouts, “That is the truth!” She... (full context)
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Eventually, Barbara wrestles the pills away from a sobbing Violet. She announces that she is starting a... (full context)
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It is nighttime—the window shades have all been un-taped and removed. Karen, Barbara, and Ivy sit in the study, drinking a bottle of whiskey. Charlie, Mattie Fae, Jean,... (full context)
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...put their licenses in jeopardy, thus assuring that they are in her pocket for life. Barbara asks if Ivy knew that their mother’s old patterns had started up again recently, but... (full context)
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Barbara marvels at how earlier, at the doctor’s office, Violet was silent and wounded, like a... (full context)
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Karen tells Barbara that she’s sorry to hear about her marital strife—she asks Barbara if she thinks she... (full context)
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Barbara asks Ivy outright if there is something going on between her and Little Charles, joking... (full context)
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Barbara says that if Ivy had told them, she and Karen might have been able to... (full context)
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Barbara asks Ivy when she got so cynical; Ivy replies that perhaps it was when she... (full context)
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Barbara asks Ivy if she feels “comfortable” leaving Violet alone here. Ivy admits that she doesn’t,... (full context)
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Barbara tells Ivy that the other day, Violet told her she was Beverly’s favorite. Ivy says... (full context)
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...is sure that Beverly is “better off” now, and doesn’t want to begrudge him that. Barbara, though, says she’s “furious” that Beverly selfishly left them. Ivy implies that Beverly never owed... (full context)
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Barbara asks Ivy when she and Little Charles are planning on leaving—Ivy says they could be... (full context)
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Barbara tells Violet that the story is so sad it’s making her “wish for a heartwarming... (full context)
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Barbara asks Ivy and Karen to leave the room so that she can talk to Violet... (full context)
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Barbara asks Violet if she wants to check into a rehab center, but Violet insists she... (full context)
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...face Charlie. Charlie tells Ivy and Little Charles to leave the room, and they do. Barbara is about to enter the room, but hearing a fight brewing, she hovers in the... (full context)
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Mattie Fae sees Barbara standing in the doorway. Barbara apologizes for eavesdropping, insisting she simply froze when she heard... (full context)
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Barbara points out that both Ivy and Little Charles have both always been different, and perhaps... (full context)
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Mattie Fae tells a shocked Barbara that Little Charles is not Barbara and Ivy’s cousin, but rather their half-brother. Little Charles... (full context)
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Barbara asks if Beverly knew that Little Charles was his, and Mattie Fae admits that he... (full context)
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Barbara warns Mattie Fae that Ivy will be “destroy[ed]” by this information if it ever reaches... (full context)
Act 3, Scene 2
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...Steve was messing with Jean. Karen, though, is only concerned with Steve’s well-being. Bill and Barbara come in and ask what’s going on—Johnna tells them too, that she “tuned [Steve] up”... (full context)
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Barbara lunges for Steve, trying to attack him and threatening to murder him. Bill tells Karen... (full context)
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In the dining room, Barbara, Bill, Jean, and Johnna reckon with what has just happened. Barbara and Bill tell Jean... (full context)
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Barbara insists Jean tell them what Steve did. Jean replies that he didn’t do anything—even if... (full context)
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Barbara goes into the living room, where Karen is alone, putting the hide-a-bed away. Steve is... (full context)
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Barbara attempts to say something to Karen, but Karen interrupts her. She says she’s not defending... (full context)
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Barbara is alone for just a moment before Bill enters the room. He announces that he... (full context)
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Barbara tells Bill that she knows he’s never coming back to her. He tells her to... (full context)
Act 3, Scene 3
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Barbara and Johnna sit in the study, in the same positions that Beverly and Johnna sat... (full context)
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Johnna asks Barbara if she is firing her. Barbara insists that she’s not—rather, she’s giving Johnna the opportunity... (full context)
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Barbara finishes her whiskey and asks what Beverly and Johnna talked about. Johnna says that Beverly... (full context)
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It is morning, and the living room is bathed in light. Barbara and Sheriff Gilbeau are standing together in the living room. She offers him some coffee,... (full context)
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Barbara tells Gilbeau she feels a hot flash coming on, and then asks Gilbeau some more... (full context)
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Gilbeau asks Barbara if she would like to get lunch someday and catch up. She says that she... (full context)
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Gilbeau gets ready to leave and asks Barbara if he can call her sometime. In response, Barbara asks Gilbeau to come closer to... (full context)
Act 3, Scene 5
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Barbara and Ivy sit in the dining room. Ivy is dressed, but Barbara is still in... (full context)
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...in from the kitchen—she has made catfish. After she exits once again, Ivy asks why Barbara thinks Ivy shouldn’t tell Violet the truth. Barbara tells Ivy she needs to rethink her... (full context)
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Violet walks into the room, and Barbara calls for Johnna to bring Violet a plate. Violet insists she isn’t hungry, but Barbara... (full context)
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Ivy, frustrated, throws her plate on the floor, and it smashes. Barbara asks if they’re all going to start “breaking shit now,” and says that she can... (full context)
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...that she has always known the truth about Little Charles—no one slips anything by her. Barbara urges Ivy not to listen to Violet, but Violet keeps talking. She reveals she knew... (full context)
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...why Violet would have told her such a thing—Violet asks why she cares. Ivy accuses Barbara and Violet of being monsters and runs from the dining room.  (full context)
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Barbara follows Ivy into the living room, begging Ivy to listen to her. She reveals that... (full context)
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Barbara, in a daze, reenters the house, where Violet is lighting a cigarette. She tells Barbara... (full context)
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Barbara expresses her surprise at the fact that Violet always knew about Mattie Fae and Beverly.... (full context)
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Barbara asks Violet what she means by “if [she] had reached him at the motel.” Violet... (full context)
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Barbara asks Violet how she knew where Beverly was, and Violet answers blithely that Beverly left... (full context)
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Barbara asks if Beverly’s note said, or implied, that he was planning on killing himself. Violet... (full context)
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Violet calls Barbara a “smug little ingrate” and tells her that one of the reasons Beverly killed himself... (full context)
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...note had said, and calls to Beverly that she is stronger than him at last. Barbara agrees. She tells Violet that Violet is the strong one, and then kisses her, collects... (full context)
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Violet calls after Barbara and staggers through the house, pursuing her as Barbara collects her purse and car keys... (full context)