The Iceman Cometh
by Eugene O’Neill
The Iceman Cometh Manipulation Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Act)
MOSHER: Poor Willie needs a drink bad, Harry—and I think if we all joined him it’d make him feel he was among friends and cheer him up. (1)
This serves as a solid example of just how easy people think it is to manipulate Harry. Sometimes, when someone wants to be liked a whole lot they’re easy to sway.
HICKEY: No, don’t tell me, Jimmy. I know all about tomorrow. I’m the guy that wrote the book. (1)
One of the reasons Hickey is so good at manipulating people is because he finds ways to relate to everyone’s problems. This is kind of his gift. He’s kind of an actor (played by an actor—whoa meta…)
CORA: Nobody’s kiddin’ him into it, nor me neider! And Hickey’s right. If dis big tramp’s goin’ to marry me, he ought to do it, and not just shoot off his old bazoo about it. (2)
Within the span of two sentences, Cora claims she and Chuck won’t be manipulated, but then clearly shows that Hickey has already manipulated them. Man, he’s good.