Scarecrow 27 September Warning: Spoilers A "skovox blitzer" is the latest problem for The Doctor and Clara Oswald, somewhere "in its hole and soon to get out so that some military soldier will fire at it" in England. Oswald, when not traveling with The Doctor and facing unparalleled peril through dimension and space, is a lit teacher at a prestigious private school and currently dating fellow math teacher, Mr. Pink his ancestor will be a fellow time traveler they meet at "the end of time as we know it".
A night in winter [Scene 1] Aston has invited Davies, a homeless man, into his flat after rescuing him from a bar fight 7—9. Davies comments on the flat and criticises the fact that it is cluttered and badly kept. Aston attempts to find a pair of shoes for Davies but Davies rejects all the offers.
Once he turns down a pair that doesn't fit well enough and another that has the wrong colour laces.
Early on, Davies reveals to Aston that his real name is not "Bernard Jenkins", his "assumed name", but really "Mac Davies" 19—20, He claims that his papers validating this fact are in Sidcup and that he must and will return there to retrieve them just as soon as he has a good pair of shoes.
Aston and Davies discuss where he will sleep and the problem of the "bucket" attached to the ceiling to catch dripping rain water from the leaky roof 20—21 and Davies "gets into bed" while "ASTON sits, poking his [electrical] plug Davies denies that he made any noise and blames the racket on the neighbours, revealing his fear of foreigners: Just as Mick reaches the climactic line of his diatribe geared to put the old tramp off balance—"Who do you bank with?
The three battle over the "bag" that Aston has brought Davies, one of the most comic and often-cited Beckettian routines in the play 38— After Mick leaves, and Davies recognises him to be "a real joker, that lad" 40they discuss Mick's work in "the building trade" and Davies ultimately discloses that the bag they have fought over and that he was so determined to hold on to "ain't my bag" at all Aston offers Davies the job of Caretaker, 42—43leading to Davies' various assorted animadversions about the dangers that he faces for "going under an assumed name" and possibly being found out by anyone who might "ring the bell called Caretaker" Sound of a key in the door of the room.
It appears to Davies that "the damn light's gone now," but, it becomes clear that Mick has sneaked back into the room in the dark and removed the bulb; he starts up "the electrolux" and scares Davies almost witless before claiming "I was just doing some spring cleaning" and returning the bulb to its socket After a discussion with Davies about the place being his "responsibility" and his ambitions to fix it up, Mick also offers Davies the job of "caretaker" 46—50but pushes his luck with Mick when he observes negative things about Aston, like the idea that he "doesn't like work" or is "a bit of a funny bloke" for "Not liking work" Davies' camouflage of what he really is referring toleading Mick to observe that Davies is "getting hypocritical" and "too glib" 50and they turn to the absurd details of "a small financial agreement" relating to Davies' possibly doing "a bit of caretaking" or "looking after the place" for Mick 51and then back to the inevitable call for "references" and the perpetually necessary trip to Sidcup to get Davies' identity "papers" 51— He blames various aspects of the flat's set up.
Aston suggests adjustments but Davies proves to be callous and inflexible. Aston tells the story of how he was checked into a mental hospital and given electric shock therapy, but when he tried to escape from the hospital he was shocked while standing, leaving him with permanent brain damage; he ends by saying, "I've often thought of going back and trying to find the man who did that to me.
But I want to do something first. I want to build that shed out in the garden" 54— Critics regard Aston's monologue, the longest of the play, as the "climax" of the plot.
Davies and Mick discuss the flat. Mick relates " ruminatively " in great detail what he would do to redecorate it When asked who "would live there," Mick's response "My brother and me" leads Davies to complain about Aston's inability to be social and just about every other aspect of Aston's behaviour 61— Though initially invited to be a "caretaker," first by Aston and then by Mick, he begins to ingratiate himself with Mick, who acts as if he were an unwitting accomplice in Davies' eventual conspiracy to take over and fix up the flat without Aston's involvement 64 an outright betrayal of the brother who actually took him in and attempted to find his "belongings"; but just then Aston enters and gives Davies yet another pair of shoes which he grudgingly accepts, speaking of "going down to Sidcup" in order "to get" his "papers" again 65— I think it's about time you found somewhere else.
I don't think we're hitting it off" When finally threatened by Davies pointing a knife at him, Aston tells Davies to leave: Davies, outraged, claims that Mick will take his side and kick Aston out instead and leaves in a fury, concluding mistakenly: Eventually, Mick takes Aston's side, beginning with the observation "You get a bit out of your depth sometimes, don't you?
Mick forces Davies to disclose that his "real name" is Davies and his "assumed name" is "Jenkins" and, after Davies calls Aston "nutty", Mick appears to take offence at what he terms Davies' "impertinent thing to say," concludes, "I'm compelled to pay you off for your caretaking work.
Here's half a dollar," and stresses his need to turn back to his own "business" affairs When Aston comes back into the apartment, the brothers face each other," "They look at each other.
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Both are smiling, faintly" Using the excuse of having returned for his "pipe" given to him earlier through the generosity of AstonDavies turns to beg Aston to let him stay 75— But Aston rebuffs each of Davies' rationalisations of his past complaints 75— The play ends with a "Long silence" as Aston, who "remains still, his back to him [Davies], at the window, apparently unrelenting as he gazes at his garden and makes no response at all to Davies' futile plea, which is sprinkled with many dots ".
Origins and contexts of the play[ edit ] According to Pinter's biographer, Michael Billingtonthe playwright frequently discussed details about The Caretaker's origins in relation to images from his own life.The Caretaker Movie (47) Write a customer review.
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The Caretaker is a play in three acts by Harold Pinter. Although it was the sixth of his major works for stage and television, this psychological study of the confluence of power, allegiance, innocence, and corruption among two brothers and a tramp, became Pinter's first significant commercial success.
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