pleurosis. Jim kisses Laura but immediately draws back, apologizing and explaining that he has a fiance. Though he abandoned her years ago, Laura still haunts him). Laura is a frightened and terribly shy girl, with unbelievably weak nerves. Amanda has enrolled Laura in business college, but weeks later, Amanda discovers that Laura dropped out after the first few classes because of her debilitating social anxiety. The play is his final act of catharsis to purge himself of the memories of his family. Tom and Amanda argue bitterly, he claiming that she does not respect his privacy, she claiming that he must sacrifice for the good of the family. He has stayed because of his responsibility for them, but his mother's nagging and his frail sister's idiosyncrasies make the apartment a depressing and oppressive place. They begin to dance to the strains of a waltz coming from across the street. Tom could not stomach his mothers remarks and responded to his mothers lecture with anger.
Laura helen of Troy, woman of a thousand faces learned that Jim was not married, as she had first thought. Amanda will have nothing to do with such foolishness, and even though Laura is sick when the gentleman caller arrives, Amanda forces her to open the door. She chided Tom for his lack of ambition, and her actions and words resulted in repeated, escalating arguments between them. Laura also spends much of her time caring for her glass menagerie, a collection of glass figurines. And that his memory of Laura is but a candle that he must blow out to free himself of her haunting, dreamlike presence. They have an argument, and the next morning after Tom apologizes, Amanda asks him to find some nice gentleman caller for Laura and to bring him home for dinner.
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Laura spends her days wandering alone around the park and the zoo.
Laura also spends much of her time caring for her glass menagerie, a collection of glass figurines.