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Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika
by Tony Kushner
Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika Act 5, Scene 1 Summary
February 1986 It's very late that the same night in Prior's hospital room. Hannah is sleeping in a chair and Prior is standing on the bed. Hannah wakes up. Prior tells her the angel is coming. A trumpet and drums are heard. There's thunder, then flaming Hebrew letters appear all over the wall. The angel appears, looking really scary and dressed all in black. Hannah screams and covers her eyes. The angel declares that she has returned. (Yeah, we picked up on that.) Prior demands that she take back the book. There's more thunder. Prior asks Hannah to help him. She yells that this is a dream. Whatever, just help me, says Prior. Hannah tells him he has to wrestle the angel. After a moment of hesitance, Prior jumps on the angel and wrestles her. The angels screams in a chorus of voices, "I I I Am the CONTINENTAL PRINCIPALITY OF AMERICA, I I I AM THE BIRD OF PREY I Will NOT BE COMPELLED, I... " (5.1.20). Suddenly there's a blast of music and a glowing ladder appears. The angel tells Prior, who is still holding on to her, that he's won, that he's gained admittance to Heaven. Prior says he'll only go up there if he can come back. You beat me, so you can do whatever you want, the angel says grumpily. Prior climbs the ladder. The angel looks at Hannah. Hannah tells the angel to leave her alone. She's trying desperately to wake up from this dream but can't. The angel holds out her hand to Hannah. Hannah crosses over to the angel and kneels. The angel kisses her on the forehead then gives her a long hot kiss on the lips. "The Body is the Garden of the Soul," the angel tells her (5.1.29). Hannah has a gigantic orgasm. The angel flies up to Heaven to the sound of trumpets.
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