Madeleine Emerald Thiele

The Victorian Butterfly muses upon Art, Angels & other stuff in between.



But it’s Easter, and we must suffer.

This monologue is extracted from the play Easter by August Strindberg (1901) Eleanor (aged 16) has been away in an asylum, and has returned to her family unexpectedly. Her family are disgraced because their father has been sent to prison... Continue Reading →

Ophelia’s Opium

Rossetti enters into the house at Blackfriars on returning from fetching more doctors, who follow after him. He rushes past Ellen and the maid up the stairs toward Lizzie. He enters the room to find Lizzie in bed, in a... Continue Reading →

Commentary on a Monologue: Ophelia’s Opium

I have chosen to write as the Pre-Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti for this monologue as his life offers high drama, which is appropriate for this genre. Throughout the decline of his relationship with his wife, Lizzie, there was a... Continue Reading →

Flowers and Disruption

The scene is set in the street, with only a lamp post and a heavy door which leads to the ceremony of doctors. There is a choir singing behind the door. Enter Lawyer and Girl. Girl is stood listening holding... Continue Reading →

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