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MonkeyNotes-Our Town by Thornton Wilder
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This section begins to reveal some of the changes that have taken place in Grover's Corners during the last three years. Si Crowell has replaced his brother, Joe, as the paperboy, and George Gibbs has given up baseball to marry Emily Webb. Some things, however, never change. Both the paper and the milk are still delivered to the houses. Mrs. Gibbs continues to be the worried, concerned mother as she busies herself making a special breakfast for a special day. She complains that George and Emily are really too young to take on the responsibilities of marriage, and she worries about "losing" a son. When George leaves to go across to the Webbs, she insists that he puts on his overshoes, as if he were still a young child. She states that he can do what he likes once he is married, but as long he is under her roof, she will make sure he lives wisely. Dr. Gibbs is much more pragmatic. He reminds his wife that they were also unprepared for matrimony, but they have had a happily married life together.


Because it is Emily and George's wedding day, there is a sense of preparation and anticipation, especially amongst the women. Both Mrs. Gibbs and Mrs. Webb order extra milk and cream, certain that they will have an abundance of visitors. Mrs. Webb is in a panic when George shows up at her house. Revealing her superstitious ways, she insists that he cannot see the bride before she walks down the aisle. In contrast to his wife, Mr. Webb is calm and full of practical advice. He tells George that superstitions are usually based on common sense. He also indirectly tells George he must not try to control Emily once he is married to her; neither should he act blindly on the advice of others.

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