The Kentucky Cycle - Play Six, Tall Tales, Part 1 Summary & Analysis

Robert Schenkkan
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Play Six, Tall Tales, Part 1 Summary

In the prologue, a narrator states that this play is set in 1885, 24 years after the previous play. The story begins with a poetic prologue, in which Mary Anne, the adult version of the 14- year-old girl we see playing by a stream, tells us about the beauty of spring in the Kentucky mountains and how someone once told her that there were no real mountains there at all. "If you stood high enough, you could see it was all just one big mound that had been … cut up into so many hills and valleys by the spring runoff that it looked like mountains." She says that was his story, at least, and that she doesn't believe much in stories any more.

In Scene 1, the light fades off adult Mary Anne and J.T. Wells, a slick, salesman...

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