In act one, Biff is thirty-four years old, and his younger brother, Happy, is thirty-two years old. Their conversation in the upstairs bedroom takes place in the present. While their father is in the kitchen discussing his dire work situation with his loyal wife, Linda, and contemplating their future endeavors, Biff and Happy listen from the upstairs bedroom. Both Biff and Happy are unsuccessful grown men who have not lived up to their father's expectations. Biff has recently returned home after losing another job and discusses his lack of success and unfulfilling life with Happy, who is depicted as a dishonest pleasure-seeker. Before falling back to sleep, Biff mentions that he will ask Bill Oliver for a business loan. The light then focuses on Willy, who begins to hallucinate and reminisce about Biff and Happy's childhood.