My name is Eleanor Jones: I am thirty years old and was born in 1747. – Although the woman does not have a name in the play, the setting in the play suggests its context to as America during the Revolutionary War. The character therefore bears a common name from the era. The play mentions the age of the woman as being thirty years old. Since the height of the Revolutionary War was during the year 1777, the events place her date of birth as 1945.
I am a white American: The deduction of heritage is founded on the description of the house at the beginning of the play as well as the description of events within the play. For instance, the woman, Eleanor Jones, confirms that the man’s brother’s escape as soon as the building of the barricade begins, which matches the description of events happening during the Battle of Ridgefield as part of the American Revolution. Secondly, before the beginning of the revolution, indigenous white American families were the only ones working and receiving payment in dollars. Lastly, the woman’s husband owns a gun, which was typical of American militia at the time. The law did not allow slaves ownership of weapons.
I am a Christian: Most indigenous white Americans during the era of the Revolutionary War subscribed to Christianity.
I am a married woman: The scene during the play describes a conversation between a woman and her husband. The inclusion of gestures such as hand holding and kissing further confirms the theory. Additionally, there is a portrayal of gender roles within the play when the man asks the woman to stay home and take care of their children while he goes off to war.
I do have children. Billy is six years old while Jane is a year and a half: Although the script does not confirm the number of children the couple has, it does confirm that there are multiple children and that one of the children is an infant.
I am a storekeeper: The script does not indicate the woman’s occupation. However, some of the common occupations available to women at the time included storekeeping. The script does confirm that both the man and the woman’s employment history through the mention of the fact that they worked hard to earn a few dollars.
My husband is my closest companion. I have spent most of my adult life with him and he understands me completely: During the entire scene, the woman does not mention any close friends. However, the script does express her fondness for her husband. She only expresses worry for him.
My neighbour: Even though the play makes no mention of neighbours, workmates or friends, it is unrealistic to assume that the woman gets along with everyone.
My wedding day: The woman compares the feeling of the revolution to the day she got married, showing significance of the event to her.
I did not have any formal education. Only boys attend school: The play does not mention the woman’s educational background. The answer is based purely on trends during the era.
My goal is to make the Revolutionary War as relatable as possible to the audience, from the context of ordinary families living during the era.
I am uncertain. It is unreasonable to make plans for the future with a war at hand. I might not make it past tomorrow.
[Standingby the Window] “The nothing will ever look or feel the same again.The sun will always be brighter, the breeze cooler and the airfresher. I hope someday you will understand my decisions, my sweetlittle ones. Whether I make it through alive or dead, it is asacrifice I had to make for myself and for your sakes. My life hasbeen meaningless before. I was content with being normal. I am onlyjust beginning to feel a sense of purpose that I hope you will feelfor the rest of your lives. I am sorry for that we will only have buttoday together, but I hope you will remember me fondly.” [wipestears as she looks outside the window at the rising sun].