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Last Picture Show Monologue

The Last Picture Show by Peter Bogdanovich & Larry McMurtry
Character: Sam
Gender: Male
Age (range): 18 - 55
Style: Drama
Length: 2 minutes


Sam: I never liked to clean fish or eat em either. Spend half your time picking out bone. Yeah, just come out here to get a little scenery. Too pretty a day to spend in town. You wouldn't believe how this country's changed. First time I seen it, there wasn't a mesquite tree on it; or a prickly pear, neither. I used to own this land, you know. First time I watered a horse at this tank was more than forty years ago. I reckon the reason why I always drag you out here is probably I'm just as sentimental as the next feller when it comes to old times. Old times. I brought a young lady swimming out here once. More than twenty years ago. It was after my wife had lost her mind, and my boys was dead. Me and this young lady was pretty wild, I guess; in pretty deep. We used to come out here on horseback and go swimming without no bathing suits. One day, she wanted to swim the horses across this tank. Kind of a crazy thing to do, but we done it anyway. She bet me a silver dollar she could beat me across; she did. This old horse I was riding didn't want to take the water. But she was always looking for something to do like that. Something wild. I bet she's still got that silver dollar.