Chapter abstracts are short descriptions of events that occur in each chapter. They highlight major plot events and detail the important relationships and characteristics of characters and objects. The Chapter Abstracts can be used to review what the students have read, or to prepare the students for what they will read. Hand the abstracts out in class as a study guide, or use them as a "key" for a class discussion. They are relatively brief, but can serve to be an excellent refresher of the text for either a student or teacher.
Act 1 Abstract
* The play opens in the anteroom of a dining room in a large hotel.
* A man called John Caldwell enters the dining room. His shabby appearance and nervous disposition suggest he is an artist.
Act 2 Abstract
* John's wife, Margaret, enters the dining room. John is irritated with her because she is intent on finding...
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