Waiting for Godot
How we cite our quotes:
Don't touch me! Don't question me! Don't speak to me! Stay with me! (2.5)
Look at the tension in this one line of Estragon’s – he needs Vladimir close, but he can’t handle any sort of genuine friendship with him.
They look long at each other, then suddenly embrace, clapping each other on the back. End of the embrace. Estragon, no longer supported, almost falls. (2.8)
Estragon, who, moments before, hesitated to even look at Vladimir, can now no longer stand without him. He is dependent on Didi, but certainly not by choice.
(sadly) You see, you piss better when I'm not there.
I missed you . . . and at the same time I was happy. Isn't that a strange thing?
Perhaps it's not quite the right word.
Now? . . . (Joyous.) There you are again . . . (Indifferent.) There we are again. . . (Gloomy.) There I am again.
You see, you feel worse when I'm with you. I feel better alone too. (2.17-23)
Vladimir’s line, in which his emotion ranges from joy to indifference to gloom, is an important one, and helps us to understand the men’s conflicting feelings in this passage. He’s happy to see Estragon, but Estragon’s very presence reminds him of his own plight, which makes him gloomy.