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Now you know Thats what it was to be alive To move about in a cloud of ignorance to go up and down trampling on the feelings of thoseof those about you To spend and waste time as though you had a million years To be always at the mercy of one self-centred passion or another Now you know - thats the happy existence you wanted to go back to Ignorance and blindness The characters in Wilders Our Town indeed spend and waste time as though they had a million years The people of Grovers Corners lead predictable routine lives This is emphasised in the text with the Stage Managers constant references to daily routines such as the paper and milk deliveries sunrise and sunset and the first train of the morning The fact that these everyday events appear without much change throughout the course of a play which spans thirteen years implies that it is doubtful that the predictability and simplistic nature of the town will ever change Much of the townspeoples conversation is also limited to small-minded gossip or idle talk about the weather as we see in Mrs Gibbs and Howies conversation QUOTE PAGE 26 Both of these references suggest that the day-in-day-out nature of their lives means that they do little to cherish life when they still have it as Emily discovers in Act Three Simon Stimson comments that people move about in a cloud of ignorancealways at the mercy of one self-centred passion or another Wilder p89 This is evident in Act One of Our Town when a man asks Mr Webb if anyone in the town is aware of social injustice and industrial inequality Wilder p35 Mr Webb assures him they are and the man demands to know why nothing is done about it Mr Webb skirts around this issue in his reply to this in a fashion which typifies the townspeoples reaction to the social ills
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