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by Thornton Wilder
George Gibbs Timeline and Summary
George tosses and catches a baseball in the street. He compliments Emily on the speech she gave in class. George asks Emily if she would help him with homework from time to time. George leaves to go to the baseball field. George signals to Emily from his window. He asks for help on the third problem in homework. George has been elected class president. He offers to carry Emily’s books, and walks with her. George asks Emily why she’s been acting coldly towards him. He appreciates it when she tells him the truth. George invites Emily to the drugstore to get ice cream sodas. He buys them strawberry ice-cream phosphates… on credit. George decides that he will not go to agriculture school. He would rather stay with Emily. He asks Emily whether she feels the same way about him. Wedding Day: George goes over to the Webb house to talk with Emily. George talks with Mr. Webb about being a groom. George goes back home, dejected from not having seen Emily. At the ceremony, George hesitates. He tells his mom that he doesn’t want to grow old, but he snaps out of it pretty quickly. George and Emily are married. George visits Emily’s gravesite after her funeral. He throws himself on the ground in front of her grave.