[But AMANDAis still stunned and stupefied by the "ugly witch" so that she barely notices this occurrence. Now she recovers her speech.]
AMANDA [in an awful voice]. I won't speak to you--until you apologize!
[She crosses through portieres and draws them together behind her. TOMis left with LAURA. LAURAclings weakly to the mantel with her face averted. TOMstares at her stupidly for a moment. Then he crosses to shelf. Drops awkwardly on his knees to collect the fallen glass, glancing at LAURAas it he would speak but couldn't.]
"The Glass Menagerie" steals in as THE SCENE DIMS OUT
THE INTERIOR is dark. Faint light in the alley.
A deep-voiced bell in a church is toiling the hour of five as the scene commences.
TOMappears at the top of the alley. After each solemn boom of the bell in the tower, he shakes a little noise-maker or rattle as it to express the tiny spasm of man in contrast to the sustained power and dignity of the Almighty. This and the unsteadiness of his advance make it evident that he has been drinking.
As he climbs the few steps to the fire-escape landing light steals up inside. LAURAappears in night-dress, observing TOM'S empty bed in the front room.
TOMfishes in his pockets for door-key, removing a motley assortment of articles in the search, including a perfect shower of movie-ticket stubs and an empty bottle. At last he finds the key, but just as he is about to insert it, it slips from his fingers. He strikes a match and crouches below the door.
TOM [bitterly]. One crack--and it falls through!
[ LAURAopens the door.]
LAURA. Tom! Tom, what are you doing?
TOM. Looking for a door-key.
LAURA. Where have you been all this time?
TOM. I have been to the movies.
LAURA. All this time at the movies?
TOM. There was a very long program. There was a Garbo picture and a Mickey Mouse and a travelogue and a newsreel and a preview of