The Bald Soprano
by Eugene Ionesco
The Bald Soprano Memory and the Past Quotes
How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Line). Every time a character talks counts as one line, even if what they say turns into a long monologue. We used Donald M. Allen's translation.
Stage Direction: [Mr. and Mrs. Martin are seated like the Smiths at the beginning of the play. The play begins again with the Martins, who say exactly the same lines as the Smiths in the first scene, while the curtain softly falls.] (564)
It looks like in the world of the play the past is the present and the present is the past. It's really no wonder that everybody has so much trouble keeping things straight. If you lived in a reality where past and present were indistinguishable from one another, your memory would probably be pretty sketchy as well.