A: Samuel Beckett Pf: 1966, Berlin; 1968, Dublin Pb: 1967 G: Drama in 1 act S: Indeterminate location and period C: 3fThree women of indeterminate ages, wearing full-length coats and large-brimmed hats that shade their faces, sit in a row on a bench. When Vi leaves, Flo whispers to Ru a shocking secret about Vi. On Vi's return, Flo reminds them how they used to sit together as children, ‘dreaming of love’. When Flo leaves, Ru imparts an alarming secret about Flo to Vi. Ru goes, and it is Vi's turn to whisper a secret about Ru in Flo's ear. Ru returns, and the women ‘hold hands in the old way’. Flo says that she ‘can feel the rings’.
A: Samuel Beckett Pf: 1966, Berlin; 1968, Dublin Pb: 1967 G: Drama in 1 act S: Indeterminate location and period C: 3f
This is one of the most minimalist stage plays Beckett wrote, with a playing time of only some five minutes, adding to his reputation for being obscure. In fact, in perfect symmetry and tight close-up, it tells the simple, poignant, and very accessible story of three women, whose childhood dreams of love end in the stultification of marriage.