Elise's Onstage Soliloquy

(Delivered to Richard as she plays Louisa in "Wisdom Of The Heart")

The man of my dreams has almost faded now.

The one I have created in my mind.

The sort of man each woman dreams of in the deepest and most secret reaches of her heart.

I can almost see him now before me.

What would I say to him, if he were really here?

Forgive me, I have never known this feeling -

I've lived without it all my life.

Is it any wonder, then, that I failed to 

recognize you?

You - who brought it to me for the first time.

Is there any way I can tell you how my life has changed?

Any way at all to let you know what sweetness you have given me?

There is so much to say . . . I cannot find the words.

Except for these -

I love you.

Such would I say to him, if he were really here.