Our Town Act Flashcards

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simon stimson
-choirmaster-drunk who commits suicide
"When you’ve been here longer you’ll understand.”
From:Mrs. Gibbs
Significance: She just made it  here and expects everything to be nifty and dandy and she is stupidly wrong!...i meant to say that she is looking for things she cant have

“The dead don’t stay interested in us living for very long. Gradually, gradually, they lose hold of the earth…and the ambitions they had…and the pleasures they had…and the things they suffered…and the people they loved”
page number 88
From: stage manager
To: crowd, audience
Significance: The dead move along they are all. The are being sepretaed from life. they forget all their possesions and they dont car eabout all the things that concerned them in their past life. They even occasionally forget the people they loved
"Ma, I hate that dress." pg.14
Rebecca said it
to Mrs. Gibbs
She was being ungrateful to ther mother and being a brat
page 82
"I've married over two hundred couplesin my day.
Do I believe it?
I don't know.
M....marries N....millions of them."
Who: Stage Manager
To whom: The Audience
Using variable to express the number of couples he has married.
It doesn't make your wedding any less important.
"Make yourself comfortable George. I will only keep you a minute. How old are you?" pg. 37
Mr. Gibbs says this
to George
He knows old George is but he is trying to gte him to relize that he needs to do more around the house
We all know that nature's interested in quantity; but i THink she's interested in quality too- that's why I'm in the ministry. p.75
Stage Manager to audience. During the wedding. The earth holds numerous amounts of people, but those who are good actually count.
Page 49
"Youv'e got to love life to have life, and youv'e got to have a life to love live ... It's what they call a vicious circle."
Stage Manager said it.
To the audience.
It means that you have to live life to the fullest to actually love it, and you have to love it to live life to the fullest.
See Lucinda Matlocks poem.
"Oh, Mama, you never tell us the truth about anything."
Emily talking to Mrs.Webb (mother)
Emily asked her if she was pretty, and her mother said yes. Every child asks their parent that, and the parent hopefully says yes. Since every parent would say yes, Emily doubts her and thinks she is lying. However, if her mother said she was ugly, Emily would've been mad as well. (very ordinary, mother-daughter conversation)
I guess new people aren't any better than old ones. p. 70
George to Emily, George doesn't want to meet new people, he wants Emily. She is "old"
(pg. 26) "Its early afternoon. All 2,642 have had their dinners and all the dishes have been washed."
The stage manager is saying this to the audience. This is representing the routine lives of the people in Grovers Corners. Everyone is doing something at the same time, and they do it everyday, and they continue living ordinary lives.
"It said: Jane Crofut; The Crofut Farm; Grover's Corners; Sutton County; New Hampshire; United States of America. But listen, it's not finished: the United States of America; Continent of North America; Western Hemisphere; the Earth; the Solar System; the
Rebecca to George
It shows how big the world is and how insignificant we are in the larger picture. Yet, on her own farm, everyone knows Jane. It's the paradox of life, how we are insignificant yet significant.
(pg. 39) "Naturally, I didn't want to say a word about it in front of those others, but now we're alone-really, its the worst scandal that ever was in this town!"
Mrs. Soames is saying this to Mrs. Gibbs after chorus practice. She is eager to gossip with Mrs. Gibbs, but Mrs. Gibbs doesn't want to gossip. This shows that some people in Grovers Corners want to gossip, and some hate to gossip, just like in our own lives.
yes...people are meant to go through life two by two. 'Taint natural to be lonesome.  page 54
Ms Gibbs telling Mr Gibbs that one day George will have to get married and that he mine as well just do it now.
Everyone should be in pairs and that it isnt natural to go through life without a pair.
"And let that be a lesson to you George, never to ask advice on personal matters."
Mr. Webb says this to George Gibbs. You should live your life your way.
mr. charles webb
-Emily's father-Grover's Corner's sentinel editor
“To spend and waste time as though you had a million years….Now you know—that’s the happy existence you wanted to go back to. Ignorance and blindness.”
page number:109
From:Simon Stimson
Significance: The truth of life. She wanted to go back only to realize life stinks. She wanted to go back to a place that she wasted time with.
page 49
"....and never a nervous breakdown."
Who: Stage Manager
To whom: The Audience
He said this because he wanted to show the people that these wives do all the house work and chores even in holidays and never quit.
Like Lucinda Matlock's Poem when she does all the work.
"All that education for nothing."
Stage Manager to the audience, talking about Joe Crowell's future death.
The idea: is the education truly wasted?
The important thing is to be happy
pg. 82
Mrs. Soames to the congregation/audiance
Right after the Wedding is over
That's all anyone wants
Page 108
Good-by, Good-by, world. Good-by, Grover's Corners... Mama and Papa. Good-by to clocks ticking... and Mama's sunflowers. And food and coffee. And new-ironed dresses and hot baths... and sleeping and waking up. Oh, earth, you're too wonderful f
Emily to herself
she is about to leave the memory
Emily is thinking about all the normal and ordinary things that happen in life
she misses everyday things like waking up and going to sleep
she misses living
Wilder is trying to show us that we should be thankful just to live everyday. if we live for important days, then we can't enjoy little things. which somethimes are just as wonderful
"The important thing is to be happy."
Mrs. Soames says this to the Congregation/ Audience. No matter what you do in life, it should be something you want and something that will make you happy, NOT others.
Page 82
" I always say: happiness, that's the great thing! The important thing is to be happy."
Mrs. Soames
To people in the wedding
During the wedding
She was saying that Quality is way better Quantity. Happiness is the key.
"I'll trust you ten years George, not a day over."
Page 73
Stage Manager to George
Telling us that the stage manager or Mr Morgan will trust George for a long time.
George very embarrased because he forgot the money to pay for the two ice cream sodas that he bought for Emily and himself.
 George told Mr Morgan to keep time with his gold watch until he came back.
Mr Morgan trusted that he would come back with the money. 
The day wouldn't come when I wouldn't want to know everything that's happening here. p. 69
George to Emily. George is asking Emily about writing to him in college. He wants to know what's going on with her as well (if she gets a boyfriend)
"I think that once you have found a person that you are very fond of... and a person that is fond of you too, and likes you enough to be interested in your'e character......"  Page 71
George Gibbs to Emily Webb.
Saying that he isn't going to meet anyone else when he goes to agricultural school.
He knows that Emily likes him and he likes Emily.
"You know how it is: you're twenty-one or twenty two and you make some decisions; then whisssh! you're seventy: you've been a lawyer for fifty years, and that white haired lady at your side has eaten over fifty thousand meals with you."
The Stage Manager says this to the audience. This quote says that after a while things are going so fast, you don't even know it.
(pg. 9) "Goin' to be a great engineer, Joe was. But the war broke out and he died in France.-All that education for nothing."
The stage manager was telling the story of Joe Crowell to the audience. Joe was a very smart man, and was going to be very successful, but he died and all of his education was for nothing. The education was not wasted because it was the process and the final product that mattered. All the great experiences that he endured during his education made up his life, and it most certainly wasn't wasted.
"Is the moon shining on South America, Canada, and half the whole world?"
Rebecca to George
They are just a tiny little part of the whole world.
(pg. 46) "I never told you about that letter Jane Crofut got from her minister when she was sick. He wrote Jane a letter and on the envelope the address was like this: It said:Jane Crofut; The Crofut Farm; Grovers Corners; Sutton County; New Hampshire; Un
Rebecca is saying this to George while they are looking at the stars. This a paradox because it seems crazy for someone to write something like that on an envelope, but it is true and it shows, how small Rebecca and George are compaired to the Mind of God. But the letter still got there the same. Rebecca and George are small but greatly important to the world.
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