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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead


by Tom Stoppard

Alfred Timeline and Summary

  • The Player tells Alfred to put a skirt on for The Rape of the Sabine Women. When Guil slaps the Player, he tells Alfred to get out of his skirt. Alfred slowly struggles out of his skirt, but only makes it halfway.
  • Guil calls Alfred over to him and asks if he loses often. He asks him if he has anything left to lose, and Alfred says no. Guil asks if he likes being an actor and he says no. He is near tears and begins to sniffle.
  • Ros thinks that he sees the queen and sneaks up behind her covers her eyes to say guess who. It turns out to be Alfred.
  • When the Tragedians appear on the boat, Alfred is the last to emerge from his barrel. In the closing scene, when the Player lists off the types of deaths, Alfred is dressed as the queen and he pretends to die by poison.