The Glass Menagerie
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With an outraged groan he tears the coat off again, splitting the shoulder of it, and hurls it across the room. It strikes against the shelf of Laura’s glass collection, and there is a tinkle of shattering glass. Laura cries out as if wounded.
[Screen legend: "The Glass Menagerie."]
"My glass!—menagerie…[She covers her face and turns away.] (Scene Three stage directions, 3.18, Laura)
The music "The Glass Menagerie" serves to connect Laura’s fragility with that of her glass ornaments.
She crosses through the portieres and draws them together behind her. Tom is left with Laura. Laura clings weakly to the mantel with her face averted. Tom stares at her stupidly for a moment. Then he crosses to the shelf. He drops awkwardly on his knees to collect the fallen glass, glancing at Laura as if he would speak but couldn't. (Scene Three, stage directions).
Unlike Amanda, Tom recognizes much of Laura’s fragility, and additionally recognizes it reflected in the glass menagerie.
A second later she cries out. Tom springs up and crosses to the door. Tom opens the door.
"I’m all right. I slipped, but I’m all right." (Scene Four stage directions, 4.29, 4.30, Tom and Laura).
Laura’s physical weaknesses and sickness highlight her shyness and mental fragility.