The Shape of Water Monologues

The Shape of Water (Zelda)

ZELDA: Made Brewster pigs in a blanket tonight before leavin”. Fresh dough – the good sausages – thick – and Boy, he just ate “em up. (beat) No thank-yous – no yum-yums – not a peep, tho – Man is silent as the grave. But if farts were flattery, honey – he would be Shakespeare. Then I get home and I make him breakfast. Bacon and eggs and buttered toast. I butter the man”s toast, Elisa. Both sides – As if he were a child… And I don”t get a “Thank You.”Will you look at this? Look – Some of the best minds in our country – peeing all over the floor in this here facility. There”s pee freckles on the ceiling!! How do they get it up there? Just how big a target do they need, you figure? They get enough practice that”s for sure. My Brewster, no one ever called him a great mind, even he hits the can seventy percent of the time.More Monologues from “The Shape of Water”

Will you look at this? Look – Some of the best minds in our country – peeing all over the floor in this here facility. There”s pee freckles on the ceiling!! How do they get it up there? Just how big a target do they need, you figure? They get enough practice that”s for sure. My Brewster, no one ever called him a great mind, even he hits the can seventy percent of the time.More Monologues from “The Shape of Water”

The Shape of Water (Zelda)

ZELDA: When I was a little girl- I found a turtle sitting out in the middle of the road. Crossing it slowly. Car could run it over any minute. So, I picked it up, took it to a pond way back behind my house… and I laid it down under a big camphor tree, and I thought… “Mmmh- It”s gonna be so happy here”. And I left it there. (beat) But that night I figured out I had no idea where it was going… Far as I know it was bringing food to its nest or- looking to procreate- or escaping an owl. And maybe the worst place to keep it- maybe the place it was running from was that pond under that camphor tree. (looks at the fish) I didn”t care. I just did what I wanted with it…More Monologues from “The Shape of Water”

The Shape of Water (Giles)

GILES: (looks at TV protests) Dear God- Change that awfulness- I don”t want to see all that- (Elisa changes channels to Betty Grable Dances pretty baby from Coney Island. Giles moves the antenna around until the image is clear. Elisa gives him “thumbs up”) There- Now- That”s better… Oh, would you look at Betty! To be young and beautiful. If I could take this brain of mine- this heart- and put in it- If I could go back in time, when I was eighteen- I didn”t know anything about anything- I- would give myself a bit of advice, I tell you- I”d say: Take better care of your teeth and f -. A lot more.More Monologues from “The Shape of Water”

The Shape of Water (Giles)

GILES: No. Keep it. It”s perfect for you. (beat) I- I never understood why they are so damn happy anyway. So happy about a- slab of animal… protein- in- in that shade of green- that should come with a warning label. (beat) But I guess they smile because that is their future- Your future. Just like your pies- These horrible pies. Turning around in their nice, shiny glass towers- But tasting like ashes in my mouth. Have you ever seen a real key lime pie? It”s not green. It”s actually beautiful. Who makes these pies?! Who makes them?? What are they- really? S -. Bright, fake-colored s -. Made by no one. Eaten by no one… You don”t even know where they come from… Do you? You don”t even know that…More Monologues from “The Shape of Water”

The Shape of Water (Strickland)

STRICKLAND: You know…? I can”t figure it out myself- you”re not much to look at, but- go figure- I keep thinking about you. (beat) And I”ve seen you, looking at me. You”ve been- looking at me? When you say you”re mute… Are you entirely silent? Or do you squawk a little? Some mutes squawk. Not pretty, but- You should know this: I don”t mind the scars. Don”t mind that you can”t speak, either. When you come right down to it- I like it. A lot. Kind of gets me going… (beat) Thought you should know these things. Hey! Bet I can make you squawk a little.More Monologues from “The Shape of Water”

The Shape of Water (Strickland)

STRICKLAND: That story about Samson. I never told you how it ends… (beat) After the Philistines- torture him and blind him- Samson asks God for the strength he needs- and at the last minute- he is spared. For Samson is a good man and a man of principle and the Lord gives his strength back to him. One last time.And he holds the columns of the temple with his powerful arms and crushes them- and he brings the whole building down on the Philistines. He kills them all. He dies. But he gets every single one of them motherf -. That is his will. That”s how powerful his will is. (beat) Now, do you know what that story means? For us, Delilah? (beat) It means that if you know something you”re not telling me, you will tell me. Either before or after I bring this particular temple down upon our heads. I am, for the time being, the true plight of the Negro, Zeldelilah…More Monologues from “The Shape of Water”

And he holds the columns of the temple with his powerful arms and crushes them- and he brings the whole building down on the Philistines. He kills them all. He dies. But he gets every single one of them motherf -. That is his will. That”s how powerful his will is. (beat) Now, do you know what that story means? For us, Delilah? (beat) It means that if you know something you”re not telling me, you will tell me. Either before or after I bring this particular temple down upon our heads. I am, for the time being, the true plight of the Negro, Zeldelilah…More Monologues from “The Shape of Water”