THE GREAT DIVIDE
A monologue from the play by William Vaughn Moody
|NOTE: The Great Divide was first published in 1906. It is now a public domain work and may be performed without royalties.
RUTH: That night, when we rode away from the justice's office
at San Jacinto, and the sky began to brighten over the desert
-- the ice that had gathered here -- [she touches her heart] -- began to melt in spite of me. And when the next night and
the next day passed, and the next, and still you spared me and
treated me with beautiful rough chivalry, I said to myself, "He
has heard my prayers to him. He knows what a girl's heart is."
As you rode before me down the arroyos, and up over the mesas,
through the dazzling sunlight and the majestic silence, it seemed
as if you were leading me out of a world of little codes and
customs into a great new world. -- So it was for those first
few days. -- And then -- and then -- I woke, and saw you standing
in my tent door in the starlight ... and I knew before you spoke
that we were lost.