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The Glass Menagerie
by Tennessee Williams
Laura Wingfield Timeline and Summary
Laura has a tension-filled dinner with Tom and Amanda. She remarks that her mother thinks she will be an old maid. Laura polishes her glass collection but then pretends to have been typing when her mother approaches. When confronted, she admits to having dropped out of her typing class. She discusses her shyness and crippled leg and plays the Victrola obsessively. She discusses Jim, whom she had a thing for in high school, and his nickname for her, "Blue Roses." She sits demurely on the stage getting bathed in light while the others talk. Laura flips out when Tom accidentally breaks some of her glass animals. Laura hangs out with a drunken Tom and they discuss his movie-going experience. She encourages Tom to apologize to their mother. She goes out on the fire escape with her mother who wishes on the moon. Laura is forced to get dressed up in preparation for the gentleman caller. She discovers that the Jim coming to visit is the same one she used to fawn over at pep rallies. Laura refuses to answer the door. Laura answers the door and then runs away to the Victrola. She spends dinner lying out on the couch. She and Jim discuss high school, her crippled leg or lack thereof, and his demigod status. She discloses that she dropped out of high school. Laura asks about Jim’s old girlfriend. Laura shows Jim the unicorn, her favorite piece of glass. She dances with Jim and they break the horn off of the unicorn; she believes it to be "a blessing in disguise." She is kissed by Jim. Laura finds out Jim is engaged and gives him the unicorn as a "souvenir." She is comforted, silently, by her mother, while Tom gives his closing speech. Right on cue with Tom’s line about candles, Laura blows the candles out.