True West - Study Guide Act 1, Scene 4 Summary & Analysis

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Austin and Lee are working on Lee's outline. Austin is impatient to finish and is prompting Lee to continue, but Lee will not be rushed. Austin is trying to make him understand some finer points of the screenwriting craft, such as the difference between an outline and an entire script. Lee wants to be sure his entire story is fleshed out. Lee attempts to motivate Austin by mentioning that he might be moving on soon. When the script becomes more and more contrived, Austin is incredulous and sarcastic. Austin and Lee argue about whether the story is true or too fantastic to be believed.

In the ensuing discourse, Austin tells Lee he is doing him a favor by writing the script. Lee is incensed and doubts that Austin has any intention of showing the script to Saul. Austin says he can do it himself, that...

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