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November 03, 2005

Williams, "The Glass Menagerie" (Finish)

The arrangement of Laura's hair is changed; it is softer and more becoming. A fragile, unearthly prettiness has come out in Laura: she is like a piece of translucent glass touched by light, given momentary radiance, not actual, not lasting.

I think that in our version (that is meant to be read) this explanation not only foreshadows what is to come, but summarizes the play.

Laura becomes fragile and beautiful like one of her many prized glass figurines, but only for a moment. Jim kisses her, but then explains his engagement. Like the pieces in her "glass menagerie," when the light hits her, Laura is beatiful-- but the moment is fleeting.

Once glass is shattered, it can never be restored to its prior state-- and light refracts through it differently.

Posted by DavidDenninger at November 3, 2005 03:41 PM

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