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Act I Loman Home Present Day The salesman Willy Loman enters his home dressed in a dark gray business suit and carrying two large sample cases He appears very tired and confused a sixty year old man with calluses on his hands yet he has powerful strivings and a mercurial nature Linda Loman his wife puts on a robe and slippers and goes downstairs She has been asleep Linda is mostly jovial but has developed an iron repression of her objections to her husband Her struggle is to spiritually support him while trying to guide him She worries that he smashed the car but he says that nothing happened He claims that hes tired to death and couldnt make it on his trip He only got as far as Yonkers and doesnt remember the entire details of his trip He tells Linda that he kept swerving onto the shoulder of the road but Linda thinks that it must be the steering He had to drive ten miles an hour to get back home She tells him that he needs to rest his mind Willy tells her how he was driving along looking at the scenery and suddenly hes going off the road Linda says that theres no reason why he cant work in New York but Willy says hes not needed there Linda worries that Willy is too accommodating and that he should tell Howard that he must work in New York Willy claims that if Frank Wagner were alive he would be in charge of New York by now but Howard doesnt appreciate him Linda tells him how Happy took Biff on a date and that it was nice to see them shaving together Linda reminds him not to lose his temper around Biff but Willy claims that he simply had asked him if he was making any money Willy says that there is an undercurrent of resentment in Biff but Linda says that
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