Jim Williams 'Portrait Of A Girl In Glass'

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Laura herself is depicted similarly throughout the play, set in darkness, yet illumined by beams of light; after all, as we have seen, she is “like a piece of translucent glass touched by light.” This is realized by the stage directions: Williams asks that throughout the play, though the stage be dim “[i]n keeping with the atmosphere of memory,” that the “clearest pool of light” be trained on her figure (133).
This imagery recurs in Jim and Laura’s relationship; he is the beam of light in her life, illuminating (briefly) her soul. In “Portrait of a Girl in Glass,” the narrator says that Jim speaks “in a voice so hearty that it shot like beams of sunlight through the

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