Soon after the opening of Scene One of A Streetcar Named Desire, written by Tennessee Williams and first performed on Broadway in New York City in December 1947, Blanche du Bois enters the stage looking for the house where her sister, Stella, lives with her husband, Stanley Kowalksi. Blanche is carrying a valise, and she's searching for a house number that matches the address on the slip of paper in her hand.
In the stage directions, Williams describes Blanche's appearance as "incongruous" with the poor, working-class neighborhood in which she finds herself. She's dressed in a white suite with a fluffy bodice, and she's wearing a pearl necklace and earrings and a white hat and white gloves, "looking as if she were arriving at a summer tea or cocktail party in the garden district."
Williams makes an important remark in the stage directions that foretells Blanche's tragic fate:
There is something about her uncertain manner, as well as her white clothes, that suggests a moth.
In scene 2, after...
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