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Waiting for Godot

Waiting for Godot

by Samuel Beckett

Pozzo Timeline and Summary

  • Pozzo enters the stage shortly after Lucky; the men are connected by the long rope around Lucky’s neck.
  • Pozzo orders Lucky to stop and back up once he sees Didi and Gogo. He then announces his name and expects that it will mean something to Didi and Gogo. It doesn’t.
  • Pozzo asks who Godot is and comments that the men are waiting on his (Pozzo’s) property.
  • Seeing that Lucky has fallen asleep, Pozzo wakes him up.
  • He explains that has been walking for six hours but hasn’t encountered anyone until now.
  • After bossing Lucky about for a bit, Pozzo begins to eat his picnic lunch (chicken) without offering any to the others.
  • When Estragon asks for the remainders, Pozzo says they are technically Lucky’s. When Lucky doesn’t answer about whether or not he wants the bones, Pozzo lets Gogo gnaw on them, commenting that he’s never known Lucky to refuse a bone and that he hopes the man isn’t sick.
  • Pozzo gets up to leave but then considers having a second pipe, though he declares the second one is never so sweet as the first.
  • Pozzo surmises that Godot has Didi’s and Gogo’s future in his hands. If it were his future on the line, he’d be sure to wait all day for the Godot’s arrival.
  • Estragon asks Pozzo (AGAIN) why Lucky doesn’t put down the heavy bags; he finally responds that Lucky has the free will to put them down, so if he hasn’t done it, it must mean that he doesn’t want to.
  • Pozzo continues. Lucky, he says, is trying to impress him so he’ll keep him in his company.
  • After Vladimir grills him with the same question over and over, Pozzo admits that he does indeed want to get rid of Lucky. In fact, he’s bringing him to the fair to get a good price, and adds that he has no shortage of slaves himself.
  • Pozzo then declares that you can’t just get rid of a slave like Lucky, and actually, the best thing would be to just kill the guy.
  • Pozzo claims that Lucky has taught him everything he knows, and reveals that they have been together for sixty years. To demonstrate as much, he orders Lucky to take off his hat and expose his long silver hair. Pozzo takes off his own hat, revealing his bald head, which apparently proves his point (although just how is beyond us).
  • Pozzo has misplaced his pipe. (That’s what a "dudeen" is.)
  • Pozzo isn’t able to sit until Estragon asks him to – twice.
  • Vladimir thinks time has stopped, but Pozzo tells him to believe anything but that fact.
  • Pozzo takes out his whip and gives it a couple of cracks.
  • He asks Estragon his name, and receives "Adam" as an answer.
  • Pozzo lectures to the men about twilight and asks for feedback on his performance, since, he says, his memory is not very good.
  • Pozzo tells Vladimir and Estragon that they have been nice to him and he wants to pay them back. He decides his gift will be one of Lucky’s talents: either reciting, singing, dancing, thinking, etc.
  • After the dance, Pozzo tells Gogo and Didi that it’s called "The Net," because Lucky believes himself stuck in…yes, that’s right, a net.
  • Pozzo loses track of his thoughts and he asks for them all to help him. Vladimir, Estragon, and Pozzo all take off their bowlers and press their hands to their heads.
  • When Estragon again asks why Lucky didn’t put down the bags, Pozzo looks and sees that, by now, Lucky has put down the bags. For this reason, he feels Estragon’s question is no longer relevant.
  • Pozzo tells Vladimir to give Lucky his bowler so he can think. He then orders Lucky to move around and, ultimately, to think. During Lucky’s crazy speech, Pozzo appears to suffer immensely.
  • At Pozzo’s orders, Vladimir removes Lucky’s hat to stop his thinking.
  • Distraught, Pozzo stomps all over the bowler to prevent Lucky from ever thinking again.
  • Vladimir and Estragon help Pozzo pull Lucky up on his feet, but he falls and they are forced to try again.
  • Pozzo cannot find his watch; he has Didi and Gogo help him look for it, and is terribly distraught to find that what he believed to be the ticking of his watch was really just a beating of the heart. Whose heart, however, is unclear.
  • Pozzo declares that the men smell and that he needs to go, as the watch was probably left elsewhere.
  • The men bid each other adieu, but no one moves. Pozzo remarks that he can’t seem to be able to depart. Finally, he takes a "running start" and with his whip drives Lucky off stage, following closely behind.
  • Cut to Act II: Lucky and Pozzo enter. Pozzo is blind, and the rope leash is shorter this time.
  • He and Lucky soon end up in a heap on the floor. Pozzo yells repeatedly for help, but Vladimir is too busy musing on how nice it is to be needed to actually provide any assistance. As time drags on, Pozzo offers money if only they will help him to his feet.
  • Finally, Vladimir tries to help, but he ends up on the ground himself.
  • Same deal with Estragon.
  • Pozzo gets worked up and crawls away from the pile of men. Vladimir and Estragon try to get him to return by calling different names, specifically, Abel and Cain.
  • Pozzo’s response to both names is the same ("Help!"), leading Estragon to believe that Pozzo is "all humanity."
  • Pozzo asks what time it is, but the men can’t decide whether the sun is rising or setting.
  • When Vladimir inquires as to when he went blind, Pozzo testily responds that the blind have no notion of time.
  • He asks if they are at a place known as "the Board," but at seeing the tree concludes that this is not the case.
  • He then reveals that Lucky has gone dumb, and angers again when Vladimir wants to know when this occurred. He goes off on a brief but intense bit about how life is fleeting and then exits with Lucky.

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