Act 1* The setting of the play is a dark room that was once a vegetable store. * Newspapers line the windows, and the room is unkempt and run down, scattered with household items. * Tillie begins a monologue about the creation of the atom. * Tillie's teacher Mr. Goodman calls Beatrice, Tillie's mother, to ask why Tillie has been absent from school. * Beatrice accuses Tillie of tattling on her. * Despite Tillie's pleas, Beatrice forbids Tillie from attending school and threatens to chloroform her pet rabbit. * Ruth, Beatrice's other daughter, says that Tillie was made fun of at school for her appearance and interest in science. * Beatrice scolds Tillie for not dressing properly and says that when people laugh at Tillie, they are also laughing at her. * Ruth reveals that she has seen her school file, which includes embarrassing details about their family. * Tillie delivers a monologue in which she tells of...
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