For this one, you must convince a business partner to sabotage your own robot factory. Matt's note: This one is sourced from Lysander's speech to Helena in Act 2, Scene 2 of A Midsummer Night's Dream. The original text follows this monologue.
EASIER (any gender, mid forties through late life)
Me? Leader of the machine movement? Only the movement to destroy them. I will triple my efforts and stop what I started.
Jackie, we wanted to make things easier? Well, sending those robots to the scrap yard and doing things ourselves... as humans... that's a lot easier than being a slave. And mark my words, that's what the machines will make us.
I never remember my dreams, Jackie. But last night? What I saw playing out in my head? I remember every detail. And I don't think I can go to sleep again until we shut the factory down. BURN it down, Jackie.
Look. We all make mistakes. I told millions of people how my robots would improve life. Truth is, when I started this company? Jackie, I was YOUNG. I wanted to improve lives, yes. But even more than that, I wanted to be the winner. I wanted to make something that would floor everybody.
And it has. And it will. And it won't stop. Unless we stop it ourselves.
Jackie, can take one more risk with me?
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Content with Hermia! No; I do repent
The tedious minutes I with her have spent.
Not Hermia but Helena I love:
Who will not change a raven for a dove?
The will of man is by his reason sway'd;
And reason says you are the worthier maid.
Things growing are not ripe until their season
So I, being young, till now ripe not to reason;
And touching now the point of human skill,
Reason becomes the marshal to my will
And leads me to your eyes, where I o'erlook
Love's stories written in love's richest book.