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Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches
by Tony Kushner
Prior Walter Timeline and Summary
Prior reveals a lesion to Louis, confirming that he has full-blown AIDS. He meets Harper in a shared dream, where he reveals to her that her husband is gay. He hears a mystical voice. Prior contemplates justice and the afterlife while in bed with Louis. He gets terribly sick and is rushed to the hospital. He's comforted by Belize while in the hospital – once again hears the mystical voice. Prior totally goes off on Louis when Louis says he's moved out of the apartment. Alone again, Prior is visited by two of the ghosts of his ancestors, who tell him that a great messenger is coming to him. He discusses all his symptoms with his nurse, Emily, while in the outpatient clinic. Emily assures him that he'll live for a good long while yet. He hears Emily randomly start speaking Hebrew, as if possessed. He sees a flaming book burst from the floor of the hospital, but then everything goes back to normal as if nothing happened. The ghosts visit Prior again, and they tell him that the messenger is coming tonight. He dances with a spectral version of Louis. Prior watches as an angel crashes through his ceiling.