At a glance:
- Author: Harold Pinter
- First Published: 1982
- Type of Plot: Existential
- Time of Work: The twentieth century
- Setting: England
- Characters: Deborah, Hornby, Pauline
- Genres: Existential literature, Drama, Psychological drama
- Subjects: Self-discovery, Doctors, 1980's, England or English people, Reality, Sisters, Truth, Isolation
- Locales: Europe, England, United Kingdom
This one-act drama opens with Deborah’s awakening from a long sleep. A woman in her mid-forties, she is sitting up in a white bed looking around. Her gaze falls on Dr. Hornby, who wears a dark suit and is seated at a table in one of two chairs. As Deborah tries to assess what is happening, Hornby questions her, wondering if she knows him or can hear him. Believing that he is not listening to her, Deborah refuses to identify him as anyone. She talks about her sleeplessness and notes that she can speak French. Hornby informs her that she has been asleep for a long time,...
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