The Glass Menagerie
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Laura is seated in the delicate ivory chair at the small clawfoot table. She wears a dress of soft violet material for a kimono – her hair is tied back from her forehead with a ribbon. She is washing and polishing her collection of glass. (Scene Two, stage directions).
Emphasizing her fragility, Laura is constantly surrounded by delicate and breakable objects, furniture, and clothing.
"‘I wonder,’ she said, ‘If you could be talking about that terribly shy little girl who dropped out of school after only a few days’ attendance?’
"And she said, ‘No – I remember her perfectly now. Her hands shook so that she couldn’t hit the right keys! The first time we gave a speed test, she broke down completely – was sick at the stomach and almost had to be carried into the wash room! After that morning she never showed up anymore. We phoned the house but never got any answer.’" (2.16, Amanda)
Laura’s shy qualities are so extreme as to inhibit normal activity.
"I couldn’t go back there. I – threw up – on the floor!" (2.25, Laura).
Laura uses her shyness to avoid reality and retreat into her own world.