Glass Menagerie Scene 7
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You say you've heard me sing?
Oh, yes! Yes, very often... I - don't suppose-you remember me - at all?
You know I have an idea I've seen you before. I had that idea as soon as you opened the door. It seemed almost like I was about to remember your name. But the name I started to call you -
wasn't a name! And so I stopped myself before I said it.
Wasn't it - Blue Roses?
Blue Roses! - My gosh, yes - Blue Roses! That's what I had on my tongue when you opened the door! Isn't it funny what tricks your memory plays? I didn't connect you with high school somehow or other. But that's where it was; it was high school. I didn't even know you were Shakespeare's sister! Gosh, I'm sorry.
I didn't expect you to. You - barely knew me!
But we did have a speaking acquaintance, huh?
Yes, we - spoke to each other.
When did you recognize me?
Oh, right away!
Soon as I came in the door?
When I heard your name I thought it was probably you. I knew that Tom used to know you a little in high school. So when you came in the door - Well, then I was - sure.
Why didn't you say something, then?
(breathlessly) I didn't know what to say, I was - too surprised!
For goodness' sakes! You know, this sure is funny!
Yes! Yes, isn't it though.
Didn't we have a class in something together?
Yes, we did.
What class was that?
It was - singing - Chorus!
I sat across the aisle from you in the Aud
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
Now I remember - you always came in late
Yes, it was so hard for me, getting upstairs. I had that brace on my leg - it clumped so loud!
I never heard any clumping
To me, it sounded like - thunder!
Well, well, well, I never even noticed
And everybody was seated before I came in I had to walk in front of all those people. My seat was in the back row. I had to go clumping all the way up the aisle with everyone watching!
You shouldn't have been self conscious
I know, but I was. It was always such a relief when the singing started
Aw, yes, I've placed you now! I used to call you Blue Roses. How was it that I got started calling you that?
I was out of school a little while with pleurosis. When I came back you asked me what was the matter. I said I had pleurosis - you thought I said Blue Roses. That's what you always called me after that!
I hope you didn't mind
Oh, no - I liked it. You see, I wasn't acquainted with many - people
As I remember you sort of stuck by yourself
I - I - never have had much luck at - making friends
I don't see why you wouldn't
Well, I - started out badly
You mean being -
Yes, it sort of - stood between me -
You shouldn't have let it!
I know, but it did, and -
You were shy with people!
I tried not to be but never could -
No, I - I never could!
I guess being shy is something you have to work out of kind of gradually.
(sorrowfully) Yes - I guess it -
People are not so dreadful when you get to know them. That's what you have to remember! And everybody has problems, not just you, but practically everybody has got some problems. You think of yourself as having the only problems, as being the only one who is not disappointed. But just look around you and you will see lots of people as disappointed as you are. For instance, I hoped when I was going to high school that I would be further along at this time, six years later, than I am now - You remember that wonderful write-up I had in the Torch?
It said I was bound to succeed in anything I went into! (She returns with the annual) Holly jeez! The Torch!
Here you are in the Pirates of Penzance!
I sang the baritone lead in that operetta
(Raptly) So - beautifully!
(Protesting) Aw -
Yes, yes - beautifully - beautifully!
You heard me?
All three times!
All three performances?
(looking down) Yes
I - wanted to ask you to - autograph my program
Why didn't you ask me to?
You were always surrounded by your own friends so much that I never had a chance to
You should have just -
Well, I - thought you might think I was -
Thought I might think you was - what?
(with reflective relish) I was beleaguered by females in those days
You were terribly popular!
You had such a - friendly way -
I was spoiled in high school
Everybody - liked you!
I - yes, I - I did, too -
Well, well, well! - Give me that program, Laura. There you are - better late than never!
Oh, I - what a - surprise!
My signature isn't worth very much right now. But some day - maybe - it will increase in value! Being disappointed is one thing and being discouraged is something else. I am disappointed, but I am not discouraged. I'm 23 years old. How old are you?
I'll be 24 in June
That's not old age!
No, but -
You finished high school?
(with difficulty) I didn't go back
You mean you dropped out?
I made bad grades in my final examinations. How is Emily Meisenbabach getting along?
Oh, that kraut-head!
Why do you call her that?
That's what she was
You're not still - going with her?
I never see her
It said in the personal section that you were - engaged!
I know, but I wasn't impressed by that - propaganda!
It wasn't - the truth?
Only in Emily's optimistic opinion
What have you done since high school? Huh? I said what have you done since high school, Laura?
You must have been doing something these six long years
Well, then, such as what?
I took a business course at business college
How did that work out?
Well, not very - well - I had to drop out, it gave me - indigestion
What are you doing now?
I don't do anything - much. Oh please don't think I sit around doing nothing! My glass collection takes up a good deal of time. Glass is something you have to take good care of.