Sure Thing

Topics: The Bell, Plays, The Action Pages: 5 (1354 words) Published: December 10, 2012
David Ives’ Sure Thing drama is an interesting play which has different way to entertain the readers. I have never read a play which is a little bit confusing at the first time I read it. Seems its every scene is separated by ring bell. However, by reading it more, I could sense comedy and fantasy combined at once. In the following paragraphs, you will see how some characters shaped based on the play. The first one is “educated”. Both of the characters in this play were educated. It could be proved in this conversation. Betty: Where was college?

Bill: Harvard.
Studying in Harvard University directly showed that character Bill was educated person. It’s the same with Betty which was also an educated person. Bill: What’s the book?
Betty: The Sound and the Fury.
Reading literary works in this time meant that the person had personal educated background. As we know that, not many people would care so much about literary works, except for those who were educated. Second, both of the characters came from high class economical level. Considering the play was appeared in 1993, being a lot in a café could be done by the people form high class only. For those who came from ordinary level wouldn’t come to the café a lot. Bill: Do you come in here a lot?

Betty: Every other day, I think.
Bill: I come in here quite a lot and I don’t remember seeing you. The third characters that can be found in this play is that they are in late twenties. This is exactly shown in the narration of the drama text. “Scene. A café. Betty, a woman in her late twenties, is reading at a café table. An empty chair is opposite her. Bill, same age, enters.” The fourth character is that Betty was business worker. It could be proved in following scene. Bill: Do you come in here a lot?

Betty: Actually I’m just in town for two days from Pakistan. Coming from Pakistan, and staying just for two days in this town could mean that Betty had something to do in this city. She must have a business or something like that to be somewhere far away just for two days. It was impossible if she just wanted to have vacation in two days. The fifth character is that both of the characters are strangers. They do not know each other. That was why Bill asked permission first to get sitting down near Betty. If they had already known each other, Bill would probably just sit right away without get any permission from Betty. Bill: Excuse me. Is this chair taken?

Betty: Excuse me?
Bill: Is this taken?
Betty: Yes it is.
Bill: Oh, Sorry.
(A bell rings softly.)
It is also proved in page 1354 when Bill tried to introduce his name to Betty. Introducing the name to someone definitely shows that they did not recognize each other before. Bill: My name’s Bill, by the way.

Betty: I’m Betty.
The next character is that they are also old friend. It is weird indeed if in a play there are the same characters (here Betty and Bill) became stranger, and old friend at once. However, this is interesting part of this play. Every scene that is separated by the ring bell shows that it is different situation. Every scene is not continuing just like common play, but it is a separate action. That is why it is possible if the characters have opposite characters in variants. The scene that show both characters were old friend is. Betty: Maybe you’re only interested for the sake of making small talk long enough to ask me back to your place to listen to some music, or because you’ve just rented this great tape for your VCR, or because you’ve got some terrific unknown Django Reindhardt record, only all you really want to do is fuck-which you won’t do very well-after which you’ll go into the bathroom and pee very loudly, then pad into the kitchen and get yourself a beer from the refrigerator without asking me whether I’d like anything, and then you’ll proceed to lie back down beside me and confess that you’ve got a girl friend named Stephanie who’s away at medical school in Belgium for a year, and that you’ve...
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