Topdog/Underdog

by

Suzan-Lori Parks

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Cookie Character Analysis

Lincoln’s ex-wife, who never appears on stage. Still, the brothers talk about her, and Booth explains that she came to the apartment one night when her marriage with Lincoln was falling apart. Apparently, she complained that Lincoln was having impotency problems, and expressed a desire to have extramarital relations (just as Lincoln himself was having with other women). As such, she and Booth had sex. Booth tells this to Lincoln as a way of taunting him, saying, “I had her. Yr damn wife. Right in that bed.” Lincoln, for his part, is indifferent, merely saying, “I dont think about her no more.”

Cookie Quotes in Topdog/Underdog

The Topdog/Underdog quotes below are all either spoken by Cookie or refer to Cookie. 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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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Theatre Communications Group edition of Topdog/Underdog published in 2001.
Scene Six Quotes

All she knew was you couldnt get it up. You couldnt get it up with her so in her head you was tired of her and had gone out to screw somebody new and this time maybe werent never coming back.

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She had me pour her a drink or 2. I didnt want to. She wanted to get back at you by having some fun of her own and when I told her to go out and have it, she said she wanted to have her fun right here. With me.

(Rest)

And then, just like that, she changed her mind.

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But she’d hooked me. That bad part of me that I fight down everyday. You beat yrs down and it stays there dead but mine keeps coming up for another round. And the bad part of me took her clothing off and carried her into thuh bed and had her, Link, yr Cookie. It wasnt just thuh bad part of me it was all of me, man, I had her. Yr damn wife. Right in that bed.

Related Characters: Booth (speaker), Lincoln, Cookie
Page Number: 93
Explanation and Analysis:
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Cookie Character Timeline in Topdog/Underdog

The timeline below shows where the character Cookie appears in Topdog/Underdog. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Scene One
Deception Theme Icon
Brotherhood and Competition Theme Icon
...sleep in the reclining chair. “Its my place,” Booth replies. “You don’t got a place. Cookie, she threw you out. And you cant seem to get another woman. Yr lucky I... (full context)
Scene Two
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Brotherhood and Competition Theme Icon
...fucking A-bomb in the middle of the floor you wouldnt notice.” Booth points out that Cookie, Lincoln’s ex-wife, could be in his bed and Lincoln wouldn’t even notice—“She was once,” Lincoln... (full context)
Scene Three
Masculinity, Sexuality, and Violence Theme Icon
Brotherhood and Competition Theme Icon
...his brother what kind of condoms he used to use when he was married to Cookie, and Lincoln says they didn’t need to use protection because they were married. “But you... (full context)
Scene Six
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...on my dick all at once and I was there my shit was there. And Cookie just went out of my mind which is cool which is very cool.” (full context)
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History Theme Icon
Brotherhood and Competition Theme Icon
...Lincoln says he’d just sit there. “And think about women,” Booth guesses. “Sometimes,” says Lincoln. “Cookie,” Booth says. “Sometimes,” Lincoln replies again. “And how she came over here one night looking... (full context)
Masculinity, Sexuality, and Violence Theme Icon
History Theme Icon
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Booth continues to narrate the night Cookie came to the apartment, revealing that she wanted to get back at Lincoln by sleeping... (full context)
Masculinity, Sexuality, and Violence Theme Icon
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Lincoln tells Booth he doesn’t think about Cookie anymore. Booth then criticizes him, suggesting that Lincoln pales in comparison to the man he... (full context)