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The Caretaker Summary
Harold Pinter

Everything you need to understand or teach The Caretaker by Harold Pinter.

  • The Caretaker and the Dumb Waiter; Two Plays Summary & Study Guide
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The Caretaker and the Dumb Waiter; Two Plays Summary

Plot Summary

The Caretaker

The play, "The Caretaker," opens with Aston bringing home to his apartment a homeless man named Davies. Aston had rescued Davies from a fist-fight with a former co-worker, which the elderly Davies was losing. Although Davies is an unemployed and homeless man, he displays bravado and brags about his abilities and good character. Aston, who is busying himself with repairing some items in the apartment, all but ignores the talkative stranger. The kind Aston invites Davies to stay until he can sort himself out. Two things are holding Davies back from seeking employment—he needs new shoes so he can walk to Sidcup and retrieve his documents and references; and, he needs a break in the weather so he can make the trip. Unfortunately, Davies is never able to realize both these requirements at the same time.

Mick catches Davies rummaging through Aston's belongings and...

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