As Amanda comes up the fire escape, Laura's actions are described. What are these actions and what do they reveal about her?
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Laura quickly puts away the ornaments she's been playing with and seats herself as if she's been practicing her typing for school. From this, we can infer that she hasn't been practicing and that she has no interest..... something she does not wish to share with her mother.
AMANDA appears on the fire-escape steps. At the sound of her ascent, LAURA catches her breath, thrusts the bowl of ornaments away and seats herself stiffly before the diagram of the typewriter keyboard as though it held her spellbound.
Something has happened to AMANDA. It is written in her face as she climbs to the landing: a look that is grim and hopeless and a little absurd.
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