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Plot summary[ edit ] Act One: George is an associate professor of history and Martha is the daughter of the president of the college where George teaches. After they return home from a faculty party, Martha reveals she has invited a young married couple, whom she met at the party, for a drink.
The guests arrive — Nick, a biology professor who Martha thinks teaches mathand his wife, Honey. As the four drink, Martha and George engage in scathing verbal abuse of each other in front of Nick and Honey. The younger couple is first embarrassed and later enmeshed.
Martha taunts George aggressively, and he retaliates with his usual passive aggression. Martha tells an embarrassing story about how she humiliated him with a sucker punch in front of her father.
During the telling, George appears with a gun and fires at Martha, but an umbrella pops out. After this scare, Martha's taunts continue, and George reacts violently by breaking a bottle. Nick and Honey become increasingly unsettled and, at the end of the act, Honey runs to the bathroom to vomitbecause she had too much to drink.
Nick and George are sitting outside. As they talk about their wives, Nick says that his wife had a " hysterical pregnancy ". George tells Nick about a time that he went to a gin mill with some boarding school classmates, one of whom had accidentally killed his mother by shooting her.
This friend was laughed at for ordering "bergin". The following summer, the friend accidentally killed his father while driving, was committed to an asylumand never spoke again.
George and Nick discuss the possibility of having children and eventually argue and insult each other. After they rejoin the women in the house, Martha and Nick dance suggestively. Martha also reveals the truth about George's creative writing escapades: George responds by attacking Martha, but Nick separates them.
George suggests a new game called "Get the Guests". George insults and mocks Honey with an extemporaneous tale of "the Mousie" who "tooted brandy immodestly and spent half her time in the upchuck".
Honey realizes that the story is about her and her "hysterical pregnancy". The implication is that she trapped Nick into marrying her because of a false pregnancy. She feels sick and runs to the bathroom again.
At the end of this scene, Martha starts to act seductively towards Nick in George's presence. George pretends to react calmly, reading a book. As Martha and Nick walk upstairs, George throws his book against the door. In all productions untilHoney returns, wondering who rang the doorbell Martha and Nick had knocked into some bells.
George comes up with a plan to tell Martha that their son has died, and the act ends with George eagerly preparing to tell her.
In what is labeled the "Definitive Edition" of the script, however, the second act ends before Honey arrives. In this Act, it seems that Martha and George intend to remove the great desire they have always had for a child through continuing their story of their imagined son and his death.
Martha appears alone in the living room, shouting at the others to come out from hiding. Martha and George argue about whether the moon is up or down: George insists it is up, while Martha says she saw no moon from the bedroom.The Bloomsbury Group (), whose members included Virginia Woolf, her sister, the artist Vanessa Bell, Virginia Woolf's husband, the writer Leonard Woolf, the artist Duncan Grant, the art critic Roger Fry, the novelist E.
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is a play by Edward Albee first staged in It examines the complexities of the marriage of a middle-aged couple, Martha and George. Late one evening, after a university faculty party, they receive an unwitting younger couple, Nick and Honey, as guests, and draw them into their bitter and frustrated relationship.
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