Glass Menagerie Scene 7


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  • 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. LAURA: I didn't expect you to. You - barely knew me ! JIM: But we did have a speaking acquaintance, huh? LAURA: Yes, we - spoke to each other. JIM: When did you recognize me? LAURA: Oh, right away ! JIM: Soon as I came in the door?
  • LAURA: 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. JIM: Why didn't you say something, then? LAURA [breathlessly]: I didn't know what to say, I was - too surprised ! JIM: For goodness' sakes I You know, this sure is funny ! LAURA: Yes I Yes, isn't it, though ...
  • JIM: Didn't we have a class in something together? LAURA: Yes, we did. JIM: What class was that? LAURA: It was - singing - Chorus ! JIM: Aw ! LAURA: I sat across the aisle from you in the Aud. JIM: Aw!
  • LAURA: Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays. JIM: Now I remember - you always came in late. LAURA: Yes, it was so hard for me, getting upstairs. I had that brace on my leg - it clumped so loud I JIM: I never heard any clumping. LAURA [wincing at the recollection]: To me it sounded like thunder ! JIM: Well, well, well, I never even noticed. LAURA: 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 I
  • JIM: You shouldn't have been self-conscious. LAURA: I know, but I was. It was always such a relief when the singing started. JIM: Aw, yes, I've placed you now I I used to call you Blue Rom. How was it that I got started calling you that? LAURA: 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 JIM: I hope you didn't mind. LAURA: Oh, no - I liked it. You see, I wasn't acquainted with many - people.... JIM: As I remember you sort of stuck by yourself. LAURA: I - I - never have had much luck at - making friends
  • JIM: I don't see why you wouldn't. LAURA:' . Well, I - started out badly. JIM: You mean being LAURA: Yes, it sort of - stood between me - JIM: You shouldn't have let it ! LAURA: I know, but it did, and - JIM: You were shy with people LAURA: I tried not to be but never could - JIM: Overcome it? LAURA: No, I - I never could ! JIM: I guess being shy is something you have to work out of kind of gradually. LAURA [sorrowfully]: Yes - I guess it - JIM: Takes time !
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