Laura and Tom’s mother. A proud, vivacious woman,
Amanda clings fervently to memories of a vanished, genteel past.
She is simultaneously admirable, charming, pitiable, and laughable.
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Amanda’s daughter and Tom’s older sister. Laura
has a bad leg, on which she has to wear a brace, and walks with
a limp. Twenty-three years old and painfully shy, she has largely
withdrawn from the outside world and devotes herself to old records
and her collection of glass figurines.
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son and Laura’s younger brother. An aspiring poet, Tom works at a
shoe warehouse to support the family. He is frustrated by the numbing routine
of his job and escapes from it through movies, literature, and alcohol.
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old acquaintance of Tom and Laura. Jim was a popular athlete in
high school and is now a shipping clerk at the shoe warehouse in
which Tom works. He is unwaveringly devoted to goals of professional achievement
and ideals of personal success.
husband and Laura and Tom’s father. Mr. Wingfield was a handsome
man who worked for a telephone company. He abandoned his family
years before the action of the play and never appears onstage. His
picture, however, is prominently displayed in the Wingfields’ living