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by Eugene Ionesco
The Old Woman Timeline and Summary
Warns her husband not to fall out the window. Tells her husband that he could have been anything he wanted to be. Begs the Old Man to play make-believe. Asks him to do an impression of February. Requests that he tell the story that he tells every night. Reminisces with him about the lost city of Paris. Comforts the Old Man as he cries about his dead mother. Reminds her husband that he has a message to deliver to the world. Worries that she doesn't look nice enough for the guests that are about to arrive. Helps welcome the invisible Lady. Blushes as the invisible Colonel kisses her hand. Get really frisky with the Photo-engraver. Tells the Photo-engraver the story of how her son abandoned her. Arranges lots of chairs as tons of invisible guests arrive. Starts selling programs and Eskimo pies to the invisible guests. Celebrates with her husband when the Emperor arrives. Begins echoing the words her husband says. Can't believe her eyes when the Orator actually shows up. Agrees with her husband that it's best they die now while in their full glory. Commits suicide by jumping out the window into the waters below.