The Glass Menagerie Summary Part 4

The Glass Menagerie Summary Part 4

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Scene 7-Conclusion Summary

After dinner, the lights suddenly go out. They set about lighting candles, and Amanda asks Jim to check the fuse box, as Tom is apparently inept with machinery. Jim says that the fuses seem fine, and Amanda is suspicious of Tom’s keeping up on the bills. She has Tom help her with the dishes and sends Jim into the living room with a bottle of dandelion wine and candles. They sit on the floor, drinking and talking. Laura is visibly better than she was before supper. She inquires as to whether Jim has kept up his singing, and Jim is taken aback that she remembers him. She learns that he remembered her as well, as Blue Roses. She expresses some insecurity, but Jim is genuinely taken with her and thinks nothing of her disability or awkwardness.

They take out her glass animals, and examine Laura’s favorite, the unicorn. Music starts pouring in from across the alley, and Jim persuades Laura to dance with him, even though she has never danced in her life. They accidentally knock over the glass unicorn, which loses its horn and looks just like a horse now. They get back to talking, more personally and intimately now, and Jim is still trying to get Laura embrace her uniqueness. He says, “They’re one hundred times one thousand. You’re one times one! They walk all over the earth You stay right here. They’re common as-weeds, but you, well, you’re Blue Roses!” (105). They kiss, but as soon as they’re done Jim is struck with the reminder that he is engaged to be married. This leaves Laura in a state of complete shock. He excuses himself, explaining the situation to Amanda, who is quite furious with Tom. Tom turns back to the audience, telling how he was fired a few days later from his job, and left Saint Louis, never to return.

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