We become acquainted with Grover’s Corners: its layout, its prominent people, and its daily routines. They play focuses on two families in particular, and the romance developing between two of the children. This is the initial situation because at the same time that the ordinary is established, potential drama is established in the growing attraction between Emily Webb and George Gibbs.
Though Emily and George used to get along great, with Emily helping out George on his homework, George now acts a bit full of himself. Emily tells him so, and they make up.
Both George and Emily experience a moment of anxiety to the tune of "I don't wanna grow up."
Their marriage is the culmination of childhood flirtations.
What will Emily do now that she has died? Her fellow dead offer crystal-clear warnings against returning to the living world, but Emily remains obstinate. What will happen to Emily after she decides to return to the living?
Emily begs to be taken back to her gravesite after she realizes that being among the living is rather depressing.
Emily admits to her compatriots that they were correct. Returning to the living was a bad idea. Meanwhile, George cries over her grave.