The Disposal and Margaret's Bed
THE STORIES: THE DISPOSAL opens with a chaplain on his knees in prayer for the soul of a man on death row, condemned to die tonight for killing his pregnant wife. Jess is spending his last day in his cell struggling to understand his own actions and trying to find some peace of mind. He has two companions on death row, Archie, a flamboyant homosexual who killed his mother and grandmother, and Luke, an older man who seems to have come to terms with his fate. As the day goes by, Jess alternates between calm acceptance and wild, violent hysteria. When his father arrives for a final visit, Jess hopes to relieve himself of some of the burden of guilt, but his father refuses to believe that Jess committed the crime, even as Jess is confessing it to him. So Jess goes off to the electric chair unable to find any forgiveness from without or within. (8 men, 1 woman). In MARGARET'S BED, Inge has written a tale of two people's inability to come together. Elsie has a near pathological fear of sleeping in an otherwise empty apartment so she has picked up Ben at a concert, in the hopes that he will agree to sleep in her roommate Margaret's bed. Ben had assumed, after all their flirting, that the evening would end with a sexual encounter, but Elsie cannot bring herself to sleep with a man she knows almost nothing about. Ben, very disgruntled, is determined to leave, but Elsie manages to persuade him to stay. As they talk, and Elsie learns more about Ben, she begins to find herself more and more attracted to him. She kisses him and tries to get into bed with him, but Ben feels this is only out of pity, and he will not be pitied. He decides to leave, and in the end neither of them get what they had hoped for. (1 man, 1 woman).
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