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Act I/b Edgy, Relieved, Exhausted Edgy, relieved, and exhausted that she is finally in New Bethesda at Helen’s house, exhausted. Still having that sinking.

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1 Act I/b Edgy, Relieved, Exhausted Edgy, relieved, and exhausted that she is finally in New Bethesda at Helen’s house, exhausted. Still having that sinking feeling in her stomach from the woman she gave a lift to, trying to cover up the anger she let out in the car. Helen references the word patience, which hits Elsa’s vulnerability from her encounter with Patience. Pg. 16 Helen: Be patient with me Elsie. Remember the little saying, patience is a virtue, virtue is a grace. Grace is a little... Elsa: (Unexpectedly Sharp). For god’s sake Helen! Will you leave me alone for one moment, please! It knocks her over from her fake showing of stability at this moment.

2 Act I/c Apologetic, Carefree Elsa goes outside to start her arrival over again, she is topless. I think this shows the side of Elsa that only Helen gets to see. Pg. 18 Elsa: Miss Helen, Elsa Barlow is known as a “serious young woman.” I don’t know how you did it Helen, but you caught me with those stockings down from the first day we met.

3 Act I/d Agitated Agitation starts to seep back in. Reveals half of the story about he woman she left on the road. First time she begins to reference Afrikaners.

4 Act I/e A Bit Calmer, Agitation still lingers though A bit calmer, helping Helen with brushing her hair, and putting on her sandals. Elsa’s helping, warm side starts to seep out.

5 Act I/f Anxious, Sarcastic, Hesitant Covering up her shame with sarcasm. She reveals to Helen a huge part about her relationship with David, although in the past this would have been a huge reveal, it doesn’t phase Elsa in telling Helen because of what else she is hiding. Elsa does want to tell her about the abortion because she tells Helen in her dialogue that there was something else, something she felt such shame for. Elsa is battling when or if to tell her.

6 Act I/g Melancholy Elsa reveals her issues with trust and love. She also reveals the feelings of remorse and lost that are churning inside of her, and that eventually boils over later on in the play. Pg. 35 Elsa: I went on loving David long after I realized I couldn’t trust him anymore. That is why life is still just a bit complicated at the moment. A little of that love is still hanging around.

7 Act I/h Reminiscent Reminiscent of the first time she met Helen. Using the memory to escape her melancholy. This bit reveals why their friendship has lasted, Elsa liked Helen’s creations, she gave Helen validity in her life. Elsa has to feel comfort in knowing someone feels safe and supported by her, especially under the given circumstances.

8 Act I/i Anxious and Curious Elsa needs to find out what is going on with Helen, why she wrote her the suicidal letter.

9 Act I/J Controlling, Anxious There is a sense of urgency in how Elsa is trying to get Marius off Helen’s back and in getting Helen to help herself. The urgency is pushed by her own feeling of instability. If Helen leaves her home where will Elsa go to get her support?

10 Act I/K Exhausted Helen reveals her dark visions and melancholy, which pushes Elsa further into feeling exhausted with the events of the day, let alone the last few months. Pg. 52 Elsa: I think I’ve had it. It’s too much for one day. That woman on the road and now you. I really don’t know how to handle it.

11 Act II/a Sharp, Edgy with Marius, Agitated The activist side of Elsa comes out as she starts hammering out snippy comments to Marius.

12 Act II/c/d Frustrated, Anger is starting to build Frustrated, the anger is starting to bubble quite frequently at this point in the play. Listening to Marius slowly pushing Helen’s courage down, Helen’s pleas for help pushes Elsa into a state of frustration and she ignores her. Pg. 69 Elsa: Then go ahead and do it! Sign that fucking form.

13 Act II/e/f Angry, Upset, Disappointed. Marius reveals to Elsa the fire is how Helen’s hands were hurt, Elsa is hurt, disappointed, and angry that Helen lied to her. Elsa is ready to leave.

14 Act II/g Upset, Defensive, Supportive. Although upset with Helen about lying, Elsa still can’t bare to hear Marius’ speech, not allowing women their freedom. She defends Helen and stands behind her as she lights the candles. This reminds me of the relationship between a mother and a daughter, how you can go from yelling and screaming one minute, to loving and supportive the next.

15 Act II/i Jealous, Angry, Remorse, Sad, Relief Elsa goes through a lot of emotions through this bit. When first discovering that Marius is in love with Helen, she feels jealous. Then it makes her realize how her dream of having her own family with David is destroyed. She is living her worst nightmare. She starts to begins to see this very clear as Helen questions her. She does not want to break down but has no other choice when she realizes her baby is gone forever, she won’t be free from the remorse and loss she feels inside. Pg. 89 Helen:...for Patience, for her baby. Was it a boy or girl? Elsa: I don’t know. I’ll never know Elsa: I’m dead Helen...dead, dead, dead... I think Elsa finally feels relief in being able to pour her heart out to someone, and not be judged. Pg. 90 Helen: What about trust? Elsa: Open your arms and catch me! I’m going to jump.


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