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Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches
by Tony Kushner
Louis Ironson Timeline and Summary
Following his grandmother's funeral, Louis learns that his boyfriend, Prior, has AIDS. He consults a rabbi, asking if the scriptures say anything about a person who deserts a loved one when they need him most. He gets no comfort for his guilt from the rabbi. Louis cries about the Prior situation in a bathroom of the Brooklyn Federal Court of Appeals where he works. He meets Joe in the bathroom. Louis assumes Joe is gay, through Joe denies it. He discusses the nature of justice with Prior in bed. Louis calls an ambulance when Prior gets terribly sick. He talks in code to Emily, Prior's nurse, about how guilty he feels about wanting to leave Prior. After leaving the hospital, he has sex with a random guy in the park. He gets kind of flirty with Joe while discussing – you guessed it – the nature of justice. Louis goes to the hospital and tells Prior that he's moved out. Later, he talks politics and guilt with Belize. He dances with Prior in one of Prior's hallucinations. He starts a relationship with Joe Pitt.