Act 1

The Note Taker says that the Flower Girl’s English “will keep her in the gutter to the end of her days.” Given what you know about the setting of this play, do you think that is possible? Is it possible today in America

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In England, especially during the early 20'th century, being born and dying as the underclass was the norm. People were born under a strict class system. It was impossible to escape one's class even if they came into money. America is heralded as "the land of opportunity." Unfortunately, for many of the working poor, rising above one's economic situation can be just as difficult as in England. Poverty is a cycle that often defines a person's class. Unlike England a person can raise himself or herself out of the underclass in America but this has become increasingly difficult.