The Chairs Characters

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The Old Man

The Old Man is ninety-five years old and married to the Old Woman. He works as a handyman on the unnamed island where they live. He has waited forty years to unveil his profound message to the world; to that end, he and his wife have invited many important guests and even hired an orator to announce the message.

Yet the Old Man seems confused on the big night: he almost falls out of the window; he sits on his wife's lap; he calls for his mother at one point; and he directly contradicts some things his wife says.

After the Orator arrives, the Old Man commits suicide with his wife, confident that his message will be heard. It is an absurd twist that the Orator is a deaf-mute and cannot express it to the crowd.

The Orator

The Orator has been hired by the Old...

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