Topdog/Underdog

by

Suzan-Lori Parks

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Grace Character Analysis

Booth’s love interest, who never appears on stage. Booth talks extensively about Grace, saying things like, “Shes in love with me again but she dont know it yet.” In the play’s final scene, Booth reveals that Grace told him he has “nothing going on,” rejecting him and expressing distaste for the ring he gave her. In response, he tells Lincoln, he killed her.

Grace Quotes in Topdog/Underdog

The Topdog/Underdog quotes below are all either spoken by Grace or refer to Grace. 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 One Quotes

I got her this ring today. Diamond. Well, diamond-esque, but it looks just as good as the real thing. Asked her what size she wore. She say 7 so I go boost a 6 and a half, right? Show it to her and she loves it and I shove it on her finger and its a tight fit right, so she cant just take it off on a whim, like she did the last one I gave her. Smooth, right?

Related Characters: Booth (speaker), Lincoln, Grace
Page Number: 10
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Scene Three Quotes

Grace Grace Grace. Grace. She wants me back. She wants me back so bad she wiped her hand over the past where we wasnt together just so she could say we aint never been apart. She wiped her hand over our breakup. She wiped her hand over her childhood, her childhood years, her first boyfriend, just so she could say that she been mine since the dawn of time.

Related Characters: Booth (speaker), Lincoln, Grace
Page Number: 38
Explanation and Analysis:

Im hot. I need constant sexual release. If I wasnt taking care of myself by myself I would be out there running around on thuh town which costs cash that I dont have so I would be doing worse: I’d be out there doing who knows what, shooting people and shit. Out of a need for unresolved sexual release. I’m a hot man. I aint apologizing for it. When I dont got a woman, I gotta make do. Not like you, Link. When you dont got a woman you just sit there. Letting yr shit fester. Yr dick, if it aint falled off yet, is hanging there between yr legs, little whiteface shriveled-up blank-shooting grub worm. As goes thuh man so goes thuh mans dick. Thats what I say. Least my shits intact.

(Rest)

You a limp dick jealous whiteface motherfucker whose wife dumped him cause he couldnt get it up and she told me so. Came crawling to me cause she needed a man.

(Rest)

I gave it to Grace good tonight. So goodnight.

Related Characters: Booth (speaker), Lincoln, Grace
Page Number: 45
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Grace Character Timeline in Topdog/Underdog

The timeline below shows where the character Grace appears in Topdog/Underdog. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Scene One
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...scare away women. When Lincoln asks, “What women?”, Booth says, “I got a date with Grace tomorrow. Shes in love with me again but she don’t know it yet. Aint no... (full context)
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...presses on, remarking, “And the ladies would be thrilling! You could afford to get laid! Grace would be all over me again.” Upon hearing this, Lincoln points out that Booth previously... (full context)
Scene Two
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Booth brags, saying he’s going to look so handsome in his new suit that Grace will ask him to marry her. Lincoln, for his part, takes pleasure in these new... (full context)
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...practice this new routine, Booth declines because he has to leave for a date with Grace. “Howabout I run through it with you when I get back,” he says. “Put on... (full context)
Scene Three
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Lincoln asks if Grace and Booth had sex. “Course she let me do it,” Booth says. “She let you... (full context)
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Booth waxes poetic about his love for Grace, saying she’s not like the “fly-by-night-gals” he used to date. He speaks with admiration about... (full context)
Scene Five
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...the apartment, where he collapses into his reclining chair. He promises that he’ll leave when Grace arrives. “How late is she?” he asks, and Booth tells him that she was supposed... (full context)
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While Booth looks for Grace out the window, Lincoln sips from a bottle of whiskey and reminisces about their childhood,... (full context)
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Hearing his brother’s tirade about Grace, Lincoln reveals that their mother told him to never get married, and Booth confirms that... (full context)
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...his pistol in his pocket. Refocusing, Lincoln tells Booth to take a lighter touch, “like Graces skin.” Suddenly, Booth remembers how late Grace is—“Bitch,” he says. “Bitch!” Lincoln suggests that perhaps... (full context)
Scene Six
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...Upon seeing him, Lincoln asks his brother how his night has been, and Booth says, “Grace got down on her knees. Down on her knees, man. Asked me tuh marry her.”... (full context)
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After asserting that Grace is “cool” with who he is, Booth watches Lincoln pack and wonders aloud why their... (full context)
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...Throwing cards aint thuh whole world. You got other shit going for you. You got Grace.” Booth is sullen, but Lincoln ignores him, chuckling to himself and telling his brother that... (full context)
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...the stocking, Booth says, “I popped her.” Lincoln pauses in confusion, and Booth goes on. “Grace,” he says. “I popped her. Grace. […] Who thuh fuck she think she is doing... (full context)