Inherit the Wind (play)
American play about the Scopes trial
Inherit the Wind is a play by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee. The play, which debuted in 1955, is a story that fictionalizes the 1925 Scopes "Monkey" Trial as a means to discuss the then-contemporary McCarthy trials.
- Melinda: It's the Devil!
- Hornbeck: Hello Devil, welcome to Hell.
- Drummond: I'm getting damn tired of you, Hornbeck.
- Hornbeck: Why?
- Hornbeck: Cynical? That's my fascination.
- Hornbeck: I'm both poles and the equator with no temperate zone in between.
- Mrs Blair: Would you care to finish off the prickled apricots?
- Howard (to a worm): What do you wanna be when you grow up?
- Drummond: The individual human mind. In a child’s power to master the multiplication table there is more sanctity than in all your shouted “Amens!”, “Holy, Holies!” and “Hosannahs!” An idea is a greater monument than a cathedral. And the advance of man’s knowledge is more of a miracle than any sticks turned to snakes, or the parting of waters!
- Drummond: All shine, and no substance! [Turning to Cates] Bert, whenever you see something bright, shining, perfect-seeming—all gold, with purple spots—look behind the paint! And if it’s a lie—show it up for what it really is!