The Glass Menagerie Scene 7 Summary Essay

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The Glass Menagerie (Scene 7) Summary Essay, Research Paper Scene 7: Summary: Half an hour later, as dinner is finishing up, the lights go out. Tom feigns ignorance of the cause. Amanda, unfazed, continues to be as charming as she can be. She lights candles and asks Jim to check the fuse box. After Jim tells her that the fuse box looks fine, Amanda suggests that he go spend time with Laura in the living room. As Amanda and Tom do dishes in the kitchen, Laura warms up to Jim, who is charming enough to put her ease. She reminds him that they knew each other in high school, and that he used to call her “Blue Roses.” Jim feels ashamed that he did not recognize her at once. They reminisce about the class they had together, a singing class to which Laura, because of her leg,

was always late. She always felt that the brace on her leg made a clumping sound “like thunder,” but Jim insists that he never noticed it. They have a friendly conversation by candlelight. Jim reveals that he was never engaged, and that his old girlfriend was the one who put the announcement in the yearbook. They no longer see each other. Laura speaks admirably of Jim’s voice, and he autographs the program of the show he was in, The Pirates of Penzance‹she was too shy to bring the program to him back in high school, but she has kept it all these years. Jim tries to give Laura advice about raising the level of her self-esteem, and talks about his plans to get involved with the nascent television industry. He speaks of the numerous courses he is taking, and his interest in

various, programmatic methods for self-improvement. He calls money and power the cycle on which democracy is built. She shows Jim her glass collection. They look closely at a little glass unicorn, remarking on how the unicorn must feel odd due to its uniqueness. They put the unicorn down on a different table, for “a change of scenery.” Laura bashfully admires Jim, while Jim grows increasingly flirtatious. When he hears the music of the Paradise Dance Hall, he asks her to dance with him. He tries to help her with her self-consciousness, and the two of them are starting to have a wonderful time, but they jostle the table and knock over the unicorn. The horn breaks off. Jim apologizes but Laura tells him not to worry. She can pretend the unicorn had an operation to make it feel

less freakish. Jim speaks admiringly of Laura’s character, and then he begins to praise her looks. He tells her that she is pretty. Laura is beside herself with shy happiness from this praise. Then, suddenly Jim kisses her. Immediately, he seems to regret the kiss. Awkwardly, he admits to Laura that he is engaged. Laura’s face shows a look of terrible desolation. She gives him the broken unicorn as a souvenir. Then she goes to the Victrola and winds it up. Amanda rushes in, only to hear Jim’s announcement that he has to leave. When Amanda tells Jim that he should come again, he tells her about his plans to marry his current girlfriend. He also mentions that no one at the warehouse knows about the engagement. After Jim leaves, Amanda, furious, calls in Tom. She accuses Tom

of playing a practical joke on them, by intentionally bringing in another woman’s fianc? to disgrace them. She is visibly shaken; the evening has been expensive for the Wingfields, and her dreams for her daughter have been shattered. Angered by her accusations and not willing to put up with her foolishness, Tom tells her that he is going to the movies. She accuses him of selfishness, and says that he never thinks of them, “a mother deserted, an unmarried sister who’s crippled and has no job.” Infuriated, Tom leaves. Tom, as narrator, then addresses the audience from the fire escape, telling us that soon after that night he went down the fire escape one last time and left St. Louis forever. As he gives this final speech, Amanda and Laura are visible through a transparent