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Waiting for Godot
by Samuel Beckett
Lucky Timeline and Summary
Lucky enters the stage on a long leash and weighed down with Pozzo’s possessions. As Pozzo orders him about, Lucky silently complies and moves where commanded. Much to Estragon’s confusion, Lucky doesn’t put the bags down. Lucky follows Pozzo’s orders to set up the stool and hand him the picnic basket. Lucky stands but stoops close to the floor; he falls asleep on his feet. Pozzo yells for Lucky to pack away his bottle, which Lucky does immediately. Lucky makes no expression and gives no response when Estragon asks him for the chicken bones. When Pozzo remarks that Lucky would be better off killed than abandoned, Lucky weeps. Estragon tries to wipe his tears away (at Pozzo’s suggestion), but Lucky violently kicks Estragon in the shins. Upon command, Lucky begins to dance and then stops. He starts to dance again in encore. Pozzo commands him to think, but he is unable to do so until Vladimir places the bowler on his head, at which point he gives his long and garbled speech. Vladimir takes off Lucky’s hat at Pozzo’s command, and Lucky falls silent again. He also falls over; the men help him up repeatedly until he successfully stands on his own. Pozzo cracks his whip and Lucky begins to walk; both men leave the stage. In Act 2, Lucky reenters with Pozzo. Lucky has a new hat and is on a shorter leash this time, presumably because Pozzo is blind and needs closer guidance. Lucky falls asleep; Estragon beats him to wake him up. Pozzo reports that Lucky cannot think today, since he’s gone dumb (as in mute). Lucky exits with Pozzo, and the noise of the two men falling again can be heard from offstage.