Orpheus Descending By Tennessee Williams

VAL: I can sleep or not sleep as long or short as I want to. I can sleep on a concrete floor or go without sleeping, without even feeling sleepy, for forty-­‐eight hours. And I can hold my breath three minutes without blacking out, I made ten dollars betting I could do it and I did it! And I can go a whole day without passing water. That’s a fact. I served time on a chain gang for vagrancy once and they tied me to a post all day and I stood there all day without passing water to show the sons of bitches that I could do it.

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