Voices from Troy Monologue 10B: You Have Daughters, Agamemnon (Hecuba)

(NOTE: Refreshed English is used in this post.)

Monologue Title: “You Have Daughters, Agamemnon”
From the Play: No More Trojan Wennen
Genre: Drama
Author: Justy DeForest
Character:  Hecuba, Queen of Troy

Setting:  Before the ruined Palace of Ancient Troy

Background:  Just hours before having to reveal whether to make one last stand against the Greek Army, Hecuba must process Agamemnon’s own revelation of how he plans to leave her as Troy’s sole survivor.

NOTE:  In presenting this monologue, no actor other than the one playing HECUBA need be present on stage.

HECUBA

So that is your plan now, Agamemnon, if I refuse to surrender?

It isn’t enough for you to kill me along with every remaining

Trojan? You would leave me alive amidst a city of corpses? –

To watch as the wild beasts who love feast on humin flesh take

over from where you and your Greeks – so ravenous for victory –

left off!

I’ll never have time to pay them all due honor. The souls of

those whose bodies are desecrated without burial shall never

be at rest. This is our most solemn belief – as it is yours!…  

That is why you mean to do it. – You would deny eternal peace

to hundreds in order to punish one?  Do I frighten you so?

Long ago, I held hopes for a reasonable resolution to our conflict.

But it was never resolution you sought, was it? Tell me,

Agamemnon. Did your heart ever hold compassion? – Back in

Greece? — Before the war? When you were alone with your family?

– Just yourselves? Was there ever a time when you didn’t believe

you had something to prove? No matter now! After a decade of

decadence and Troy’s destruction, there is no atrocity that you are

not capable of committing. Oh, great achievement, Civilized Greek!

Long ago, over many years, I gave birth to nineteen children.

And in doing that, one bronzy barbarian femele accomplished

more good in this world than an army of Greek soldiers! My sons

are all dead now, and I cannot forget that it is you, Agamemnon,

who nightly rapes my daughter. Sometimes, I wonder how I can

stand here and talk to you, except that I am ruler of my people.

For their sake, I try to reason with a monster beyond all reasoning.

And I have one motive more: The longer I detain you here, the

longer I keep you from my poor Cassandra. No matter now!

Yes, Agamemnon, these are tears you see on my cheeks. Rejoice!

The Great Draught is over. — I prove a coward, after all!

I will consider your latest revelation in my making my final decision.

If my answer is the one you crave, we will place a torch at either

end of the rampart. When you see it, return and accept our

surrender.

Before you return to your camp, Agamemnon…

I hear you have daughters.

I once said that I would spit in your face, but I would not beg you

for my life…

If there be any part of you that is humin and not beast,

leave my daughter alone this night…

(HECUBA gets down on her knees before AGAMEMNON.)

I beg you.

© Justy DeForest 1987, 2008, 2022

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