Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika
by Tony Kushner
Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika Isolation Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Act.Scene.Line)
Louis: He's just company. Companionship.
Prior: [...] Companionship. How good. I wouldn't want you to be lonely. (4.1.99-100)
Here Louis tries to justify the fact that he moved on so quickly after Prior. Louis' argument doesn't get him very far with his ex-lover, as can be seen by Prior's sarcastic response. Prior has been incredibly lonely since Louis left him. Though he is being sincere, Louis is just rubbing salt in the wound.
Prior: There are thousands of gay men in New York City with AIDS and nearly every one of them is being taken care of by... a friend or by... a lover who has stuck by them through things worse than my... So far. Everyone got that, except, me. I got you. (4.1.100)
This statement from Prior really hits Louis hard. Louis starts crying after this because it totally highlights the immense sense of isolation Prior must feel as he deals with his disease without Louis there to lean on.
Joe: Call or... Call. You have to.
Harper: No. Probably not. That's how bad. (5.10.10-11)
Harper has seriously grown over the course of the play. In her final scene with Joe, we see her embrace her isolation. She finds strength in herself and heads off for San Francisco (probably listening to "I Will Survive" on her Walkman).