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Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches

Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches


by Tony Kushner

Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches Act 3, Scene 6 Summary

  • It's later that night. Prior I and Prior are staring at each other.
  • The ghost is wearing robes and he has a bundle of palm leaves.
  • Prior I asks Prior if he's excited. Tonight's the night – the messenger is supposed to come right through the roof.
  • Prior II appears, chanting the names of the messenger: "Lumen! Phosphor! Fluor! Candle!" (3.6.3)
  • Prior holds up a crucifix and garlic and stuff like that to try to scare away the ghosts. They don't pay him any attention.
  • Prior I notes that Prior is getting an erection. Prior II says they all get hard when beings like the messenger are near.
  • OK, now it's time to dance, says Prior I.
  • Prior is not into it.
  • Prior II surmises that Prior must want someone familiar to dance with. The ghost tells Prior to close his eyes and imagine someone.
  • Louis appears and asks Prior to dance.
  • Prior says his leg hurts too badly and asks Louis if he's a ghost.
  • "No. Just spectral. Lost to myself. Sitting all day on cold park benches. Wishing I could be with you. Dance with me, babe... " (3.6.21).
  • They dance to beautiful music.
  • Prior I grumpily vanishes, saying he's done his part.
  • Before vanishing himself, Prior II says, "The twentieth century. Oh dear, the world has gotten so terribly, terribly old" (3.6.27).
  • Louis and Prior happily waltz.
  • Lights fade and Louis vanishes.
  • Prior waltzes by himself.
  • Suddenly there's the sound of wings.

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