Laura is said to have much love to give; can be childish, sweet, funny, but very private. She wants to desperately fall in love, but is concerned about her handicap, a short right leg.
Her mother once a “belle of the South”, was married, but he is no longer around. So the family is just mom, Laura, and her brother Tom.
Tom is “doing the best he can”, working in a warehouse. Not enough to support a mom, who still wants to behave as though she is living in a mansion with servants, with an extended wardrobe.
Tom takes leave of his women, by smoking heavily on the outside staircase; he could be a chimney stack with creosote clung to the walls. He had to leave Georgia, but what about the women in his life? He was concerned in particular about his sister Laura. Maybe he can get her “hitched”. “Yeah!” His buddy Jim at the warehouse sounds good. Jim was invited over. Laura did not want to meet him, but she eventually did.
What would come of this night? Laura eventually came alive, so much so a record was put on the gramophone and the music did not go to waste; they danced, and before long, Jim was “sucking face” with Laura. Then came the shocker.
Jim was engaged to be married. He was not coming back to see Laura. Mom was furious. What would become of Laura? Tom could no longer stay, and for Laura, it was time to contemplate her brothers words, “to blow out the candles”.
It is Tennessee William's play, the GLASS MENAGERIE now playing at the Everyman Theatre, in Baltimore.