Our Town


Thornton Wilder

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Mrs. Soames Character Analysis

Mrs. Soames sings in the church choir with Mrs. Webb and Mrs. Gibbs. She attends the wedding of George and Emily and remarks on how lovely the wedding ceremony is. In Act Three, she stands with the other deceased characters, and, upon hearing of Emily’s death, still remembers how nice the wedding was.
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Mrs. Soames Character Timeline in Our Town

The timeline below shows where the character Mrs. Soames appears in Our Town. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1
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George goes back upstairs as Mrs. Gibbs, Mrs. Webb, and Mrs. Soames come on-stage, returning from choir practice. Mrs. Soames gossips with them about Simon Stimson, who... (full context)
Act 2
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...says all she wants is somebody to love her. The wedding ceremony takes place and Mrs. Soames , who is attending, exclaims that it is the loveliest wedding she’s ever seen. (full context)
Act 3
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...set up rows of chairs to represent graves in a cemetery. Mrs. Gibbs, Simon Stimson, Mrs. Soames , and Wally Webb, all dead, go on-stage before the act begins. The stage manager... (full context)
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...War. Among more recent deaths, the stage manager points out the graves of Simon Stimson, Mrs. Soames , and Wally Webb (who died young of a burst appendix). The stage manager reflects... (full context)
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...in childbirth. The funeral procession arrives, including George, Dr. Gibbs, and Mr. and Mrs. Webb. Mrs. Soames asks who died, and Mrs. Gibbs answers that it was Emily. (full context)
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Mrs. Soames recalls Emily and George’s wedding and how intelligent Emily was in school. A group at... (full context)