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The Glass Menagerie
by Tennessee Williams
Amanda Wingfield Timeline and Summary
Amanda fights with Tom at the dinner table She recalls her glory days as a young Southern Belle and wishes Laura had gentlemen callers. She is upset at Laura for having dropped out of her typing class. Amanda distresses about being on the poor side of things. She denies that Laura is crippled and daydreams about her missing husband’s charm. She makes humiliating phone calls trying to sell magazine subscriptions. Amanda argues with Tom about his reading Lawrence and going to the movies. She accuses him of not actually going to the movies, but participating in drinking and other debauchery. Amanda refuses to speak to Tom over breakfast. She asks Tom to find a gentleman caller for Laura, one that doesn’t drink. She calls Tom selfish. Amanda makes some more humiliating magazine subscription phone calls. She is super excited to find that Tom got a gentleman caller for Laura and obsesses about the appearance of the house. She calls Laura out to the fire escape to wish on the moon. Amanda gets all dolled up for the gentleman caller. Amanda stuffs Laura’s shirt with powder puffs. Amanda insists that Laura answer the door. She acts all Southern Belle-ish around the two boys and makes them say grace at dinner. She sends Jim out to the living room to see Laura. Amanda dreams (aloud) about the great times they will all have together. She finds out Jim is engaged. She yells at Tom. Amanda comforts Laura while Tom gives an ending speech.