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Write an additional scene about a chance encounter between Blanche from A Streetcar Named Desire and Laura from Glass Menagerie. Explore the similarities between the two characters and how they have ended up in their current circumstances.

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Transfer-Encoding: chunked New Orleans Psychiatric institution, communal dining area. At first glance you would be forgiven for mistaking it for a county jail, or a particularly dilapidated high school. The huge hall is filled with long, narrow tables and little else. In a place such as this, social conventions become irrelevant. Perched on the squat little seats that line the tables one finds a representation of all humanity. At the furthest table a fight breaks out between two women, one white and the other coloured, but a staff member throws himself between them like a referee, ceasing the ephemeral tensions. Prejudices are a luxury reserved for the outside world. It is noon, and the delicate sunlight filters through the high, barred windows. This light is added to by the incessant glare of the many fluorescent bulbs that line the ceiling, reflecting off the white-washed walls to create an almost blinding level of clarity. Nothing can be hidden from the surveying gaze of the stern matrons. Here, adults are reduced to a child-like state, for that is all they have the capacity for. Nothing can be done without permission; the patients are restricted to the point of incarceration. A cacophonous din fills the air as the day?s sustenance is served, the commotion reverbed by the immense cave-like ceiling. ...read more.


My, I can?t wait to get out. They tell me I have all sorts of things ? delusions, alcoholism, manic depression ? one can hardly keep up with the amount of drugs they heap on me! [She picks up a plastic beaker full of bland grey tablets. She retains a well-rehearsed grace as she sips water to take them with, as if it were some elegant alcoholic cocktail.] What are you playing with there? Screen Image ? glass unicorn [Music: The Glass Menagerie. LAURA is fiddling delicately with a precariously tiny piece of glass; the sort that would break of you merely breathed on it. It is smaller than her fingernail and is only visible if it catches the light. Even then, it is a fleeting shine, soon to fade back into nothingness.] LAURA: [protectively] Why, it?s nothing. Just a broken piece of glass. It?s a horn. BLANCHE: A horn? LAURA: At home? my prized possession was my glass menagerie. [she smiles faintly at the memory] My favourite was the unicorn. However? it broke. I brought the horn here with me. The other part? is with a man. BLANCHE: [she raises her hands in exasperation] Hah! Men! Terrible, hulking brutes most of them are. ...read more.


LAURA: [visibly shaken, but speaking with determination] We can?t let little things like this ruin our lives? When I get discharged I?ll go back to Rubicam?s Business College. Yes, I will! BLANCHE: [she clutches LAURA by the shoulders] You can say that, you?re still young! What hope is there for an old maid like me? [The polka music and The Glass Menagerie combine austerely in the minds of the patients. An unholy union, two entities that never should have met.] LAURA: [jumping up from her chair, repulsed at being touched] I-I think I?m done here! [in her haste to vacate the table she knocks her plate to the floor, where it duly shatters into countless pieces that dance across the floor. The light reflects off the porcelain pieces, framing LAURA in an impromptu spotlight. The breaking noise is audible over the tumultuous din of the room. Many diners turn to look at the spectacle.] LAURA: [in a tone of utter despair, covering her face with her hands] No? Stop staring?! I?m going to be sick! [Exit LAURA, who runs away from the scene. The cafeteria soon returns to its natural state, having forgotten that Laura Wingfield ever existed.] BLANCHE: Shakespeare got it right! ?Alas, I am a woman friendless, hopeless!? - There is truly no hope for some people in this world! [the sound of the door slamming behind Laura as she flees is audible as the light gradually fades out.] ...read more.

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