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He plants the orchid
in the ground and his wife thinks
that it blooms whimsically, but
he is angry that she
does not take it to be serious
and he picks it
and rips what is left. She asks
why he gets angry, if it’s because
he has done nothing
with his
life and if he thought that
he was important at all. He delivers
a monologue so beautiful on the subject
of her inability to bear children, so she weeps
like he is Martha giving him
sorrowful news. But they
live in the south and
she is rich, so their lives are
actually pretty goo-