Sunday, June 29, 2014

Berowne's 226 Quiz

Sorry, folks, my 'pewter had a breakdown so I had to release the answer early.  It's "The Glass Menagerie."

(Also for Three Word Wednesday and ABC Wednesday: "Y" is for "Yvonne")

I wrote the following scenelet, thinking it might suggest a well-known play.  Which play?

(The living-room of Fred’s house.  Time: the 1930s.)

Fred:  Alan!  Glad you could make it.  C’mon in.

Alan:  Wow.  Really freezing out there.  Glad to be where it’s nice and warm.

Fred:  Here, let me take your coat.  Oh, this is my sister Yvonne.

Alan:  Didn’t know you had a sister, Fred.  Glad to meet you, Yvonne.  How are you?

Yvonne:  Hello.

Fred:  Good, Yvonne.  You handled that well.  I suppose you want to get back to your work, right?

Yvonne:  Yes.  (She leaves)

Alan:  Nice girl.  Maybe a bit too talkative.

Fred:  Ha.  Truth is, she’s shy.  I mean, really shy.  One of the reasons I wanted to invite you over to meet the family was I hoped you might chat with her a bit so she could get more used to talking to guys.  She finds it too difficult as it is.

Alan:  Wait a minute.  Maybe there’s a bit of a misunderstanding here.  I had no idea you were asking me over to set me up with your sis.  I have a girlfriend, Fred.  You know that.

Fred:  No no, it’s not like that.  Let’s see if I can explain.  You see – truth is, I love my sister.  I’d do anything for her.  Her shyness keeps her at home so she never gets out to meet people. 

Alan:  I see.  Well, sure, I’d be glad to talk with her.  What is she interested in, mostly?

Fred:  I guess you could say it’s education.

Alan:  Well, I was interested in education, a little anyway, back in grammar school.  The interest sort of dropped off when we got to long division.

Fred:  Ha.  Her interest is different.  She might not want me to divulge this information, but she has constructed a little one-room schoolhouse, very small and even sort of insignificant, and has filled it with students and a teacher, and each one of them she made herself. 

Alan:  So she has a hobby.

Fred:  Yes.  We’re not sure if it’s good or bad, but she spends many hours at her schoolhouse.  She’s not really interested in much else.

Alan: Well, you know, Fred, working together at the shoe factory you and I are both finding out the world’s a tough, godless place.  If Yvonne can make her own little world, nicer than the one outside, maybe that’s not such a bad thing?

(The answer will be posted Friday.)

 

 

 

21 comments:

Kathe W. said...

Ibsen's the Dollhouse?

Gillena Cox said...

Thanks for linking to my Sunday meme , have a nice Sunday

Much love...

Dana Dampier said...

I'm not sure what play, but I sure did enjoy reading this!

oldegg said...

I am hoping this might be Tennessee Williams "Glass Menagerie".

Berowne said...

And I sure did enjoy reading your comment - thanks.

Berowne said...

My thanx to oldegg, the first to come up with the right answer.

Kutamun said...

The Hours

Kathe W. said...

ok- second try.....the Glass Menagerie?

Kathe W. said...

not sure my comment took- so apologies if this is a repeat...
the Glass Menagerie?

Berowne said...

Another right answer, this time from Kathe W.

Karen S. said...

Interesting read, it has me curious, and seems oddly familiar but ....just can't name it.

Karen S. said...

I'm still thinking. I mean really it's like at the very edge of my film/play knowledge and yet it escapes me so!

Theresa Milstein said...

Reading your posts always encourages me to check out some of these titles. Clearly, there's so much I haven't seen.

Altonian said...

The first thing that comes to mind is: The Glass Menagerie - but I'm prepared to have to try again.

Catfish Tales said...

"A Doll's House" I read so long ago, another time for women then, indeed. Yet, I find society, modern society, for all its changes still exclusively male in so many spoken and unspoken ways. Perhaps much of this is undeniably related to the nature of male/female animal traits.

Berowne said...

Altonian has just coughed up the correct answer.

Eddie Bluelights said...

That's got me stumped for now.
Still thinking - love these quizzes and reading them - and thank you for your comments re Tess's prompts ~ Eddie

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I have no clue. :{ Happy ABC Wednesday and Blessings!

Sheilagh Lee said...

no idea

BelindaBroughton said...

no idea but it's a good read

Helena said...

Damn......and I was gonna say that as well....!! *ahem*

 
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