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Glengarry Glen Ross

Glengarry Glen Ross

by David Mamet

Glengarry Glen Ross Act 1, Scene 2 Summary

  • Back at the Chinese restaurant, but this time Moss and Aaronow are there. They're both real estate salesmen.
  • You know the guy who acts like he knows everything and kind of just talks to hear the sound of his own voice? Well, that guy is Moss. At least that's how he comes off at first. He gives Aaronow advice about who not to sell to, and most of his advice is racist (in fact, some of it was so racist that Mamet changed it for the 2010 Broadway revival).
  • The two men talk about the pressure of the contest—they know they have to rank high on the board or they're out. They're both tired of it.
  • Moss would have Aaronow believe that the grass is greener on the other side (isn't it always?), and it turns out that Moss knows a guy—Jerry Graff—who's doing very well for himself on his own. A guy like Graff might even need guys like Moss and Aaronow to come work for him.
  • What would it take for a guy like Graff to hire guys like Moss and Aaronow? So glad you asked. Moss suggests that someone could (you know, hypothetically speaking) break into the office, steal the premium leads, and sell them to Graff. Then Graff would hire them.
  • That Moss is a tricky one though, and soon it's clear that he's not speaking hypothetically. More importantly, he says that Aaronow needs to the one to break into the office. Aaronow argues—he's confused and a little upset by all this.
  • Moss drops the bomb: Even if Aaronow says no, Moss will still make sure that Aaronow takes the blame when the robbery goes down. Why? Well, because Aaronow listened. Yep, that's the kind of guy Moss is. He'll tell you his idea, demand you act, and then tell you he'll rat you out if you don't go along with it. Classy.

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