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August: Osage County | Study Guide

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August: Osage County | Scene Summaries

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Timeline of Events

  • August 2007

    Beverly hires Johnna as a housekeeper.

    Prologue
  • Saturday, few days later

    Beverly disappears.

    Act 1, Scene 1
  • Monday

    Violet empties the safety deposit box.

    Act 1, Scene 2
  • Thursday

    Violet asks Ivy to call Mattie Fae and Barbara.

    Act 1, Scene 2
  • Thursday night

    Beverly is found drowned.

    Act 1, Scene 4
  • Some days later

    Beverly is buried.

    Act 2
  • That day

    Barbara and Violet have a tumultuous fight at dinner.

    Act 2
  • That day

    Barbara enlists her sisters in throwing out Violet's pills.

    Act 2
  • That night

    Ivy reveals to Barbara she is in love with Little Charles.

    Act 3, Scene 1
  • That night

    Mattie Fae reveals that Beverly is Little Charles's real father.

    Act 3, Scene 1
  • That night

    Steve gropes Jean, and Johnna hits Steve with a frying pan.

    Act 3, Scene 2
  • That night

    Steve, Karen, Bill, and Jean leave.

    Act 3, Scene 2
  • Two weeks later

    Sheriff Gilbeau reveals Beverly spent his last days in a motel.

    Act 3, Scene 4
  • Several days later

    Ivy tells Violet she and Little Charles are lovers.

    Act 3, Scene 5
  • Minutes later

    Violet tells Ivy that Little Charles is Ivy's half-brother.

    Act 3, Scene 5
  • Minutes later

    Violet says she knew about Beverly and Mattie Fae's affair.

    Act 3, Scene 5
  • Minutes later

    Violet and Barbara blame each other for Beverly's suicide.

    Act 3, Scene 5
  • Minutes later

    Barbara leaves Violet behind for good.

    Act 3, Scene 5
  • Minutes later

    Violet babbles, and Johnna recites a poem.

    Act 3, Scene 5

Scene Summaries Chart

Scene Summary
Epigraph–Prologue The text begins with a long epigraph from the novel All the King's Men (1946) by American writer Robert Penn Warren (1... Read More
Act 1, Scene 1 One week later, at night, Ivy, Mattie Fae Aiken, and Charlie Aiken sit in the living room, talking about Beverly Weston'... Read More
Act 1, Scene 2 It is Thursday, and the setting is the dining room. Violet tells Barbara and Bill about Beverly's disappearance. He left... Read More
Act 1, Scene 3 In the living room of Beverly and Violet's house, Barbara and Bill get ready for bed. Bill is excited to find a copy of ... Read More
Act 1, Scene 4 It is much later the same night—actually dawn, although that is not apparent at first. Johnna comes to the living room a... Read More
Act 2 It is three o'clock in the afternoon, three days after Act 1, Scene 4. The family has just come back from Beverly's fune... Read More
Act 3, Scene 1 The shades have been removed from the windows. It is nighttime. Barbara, Ivy, and Karen talk in the study, drinking whis... Read More
Act 3, Scene 2 It is later the same night. Karen is asleep in the living room and Bill is asleep in the study. Scantily dressed, ... Read More
Act 3, Scene 3 Barbara and Johnna are in the study. Presumably it is the same night, moments later. Barbara is drinking whiskey, and sh... Read More
Act 3, Scene 4 It is daytime, two weeks after Act 3, Scene 3. Barbara and Sheriff Gilbeau are in the living room. Sheriff Gilbeau has c... Read More
Act 3, Scene 5 Barbara and Ivy are in the dining room. Barbara is wearing a nightgown, perhaps from the night before, and they are wait... Read More
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