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by Eugene Ionesco
The Old Man Timeline and Summary
Stares out the window at the boats on the water. Complains that it gets dark much sooner than it used to. At his wife's request, does an impression of the month of February. Resists telling his wife the story he tells every night. Tries to tell the story but laughs so much it's unintelligible. Cries when his wife reminds him that his mother is dead. Remembers that he has a message that will save all of humanity. Says that everybody in the world is coming over tonight to hear the message spoken by an Orator. Greets the first guest, an invisible Lady. Shows great respect to the next invisible guest, who is a Colonel. Regrets not having pursued a relationship with the invisible Belle. Denies that he ever had a son. Scurries around like crazy as more and more guests arrive. Bursts into tears when the invisible Emperor shows up. Seems surprised when the Orator actually does arrive. Gives a long speech about how hard he's worked on the great message. Declares that his mission in life is now complete. Kills himself by jumping out the window into the waters below.