Absurd Person Singular

by

Sir Alan Ayckbourn

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The Shopping Complex Symbol Analysis

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Geoffrey Jackson is chosen to design a new shopping complex; however, he’s humiliated when the complex collapses, nearly killing its manager. The building symbolizes the instability of Geoffrey and the other characters’ lives: one day, their fortunes are going up, up, up, and the next they’re nothing but a pile of rubble.

The Shopping Complex Quotes in Absurd Person Singular

The Absurd Person Singular quotes below all refer to the symbol of The Shopping Complex. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
The Middle Class Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Grove Press edition of Absurd Person Singular published in 1994.
Act Three Quotes

EVA: Darling, I hate to remind you but ever since the ceiling of the Harrison building caved in and nearly killed the Manager, Sidney Hopcroft is about your only hope of surviving as an architect in this city.

Related Characters: Eva Jackson (speaker), Sidney Hopcroft, Geoffrey Jackson, Walter Harrison
Related Symbols: The Shopping Complex
Page Number: 76
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The Shopping Complex Symbol Timeline in Absurd Person Singular

The timeline below shows where the symbol The Shopping Complex appears in Absurd Person Singular. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act One
The Middle Class Theme Icon
Materialism Theme Icon
Fortune  Theme Icon
...Geoffrey brings up a business deal with Ronald—he wants to know if Walter Harrison’s new shopping complex in the area has an architect yet. When Ronald says no, Geoffrey asks Ronald to... (full context)
Act Two
The Middle Class Theme Icon
Materialism Theme Icon
Fortune  Theme Icon
Gender Roles Theme Icon
...barely notices—she’s too busy writing. Geoffrey pours himself a drink and complains that Walter Harrison’s shopping complex , which he’s been designing, is proceeding slowly, and it’s going to cost twice as... (full context)
Act Three
The Middle Class Theme Icon
Materialism Theme Icon
Fortune  Theme Icon
Gender Roles Theme Icon
...in his “seedy little schemes.” Eva replies that ever since the roof of Walter Harrison’s shopping complex caved in and nearly killed the Manager, “Sidney Hopcroft is about your only hope of... (full context)
The Middle Class Theme Icon
Materialism Theme Icon
Fortune  Theme Icon
Gender Roles Theme Icon
...the boys’ mattresses.” He tells Geoffrey that he was sorry to hear about the collapsed shopping complex . Geoffrey asks Ronald how his bank is doing, and Ronald explains, “We’re not in... (full context)