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Under Milk Wood was originally a radio play and later a stage play and film by Dylan Thomas. The storyteller invites the audience to listen in on the dreams of the fictional small Welsh village of Llareggub (the name is "bugger all" spelt backwards, but appeared in print as Llaregyb so as not to offend), and their innermost thoughts and dreams are laid bare to us.
There is Mrs. Ogmore-Pritchard, relentlessly bossing her two dead husbands; Captain Cat reliving his seafaring times; the two Mrs. Dai Breads; Organ Morgan, obsessed with his music; Polly Garter pining for her dead lover. Later, the town wakes and we see them go about their daily business, aware of how their feelings affect whatever they do.
The play opens at night, and each character is dreaming-- this lasts for about one fifth of the play. While the below descriptions are NOT complete character descriptions, what they dream of certainly tells much of their personality.
Captain Cat - The old blind sea captain who dreams of his deceased sea fellows, and the benefits that they miss now no longer alive.
Myfanwy Price - The dressmaker and sweet shop owner who dreams of Mog Edwards and marriage.
Mr. Pugh - School master, dreams of murdering his wife.
Mr & Mrs Floyd - The cocklers, an elderly couple, seemingly the only couple to sleep peacefully in the village.
Mrs. Ogmore-Pritchard - The innkeeper who must have everything clean and dreams of her late husbands.
Mr. Ogmore - Deceased, Linoleum salesman, late of Mrs. Ogmore-Pritchard.
Mr. Pritchard - Deceased, failed bookmaker, late of Mrs. Ogmore-Pritchard, committed suicide.
Gossamer Beynon - The Schoolteacher, dreams of a fox-like illicit love.
Mr. Waldo - Rabbitcatcher, barber, herbalist, catdoctor, quack, dreams of his mother, her regret and his many unhappy, failed marriages due to his alcoholism and trouble making.
Sinbad Sailor - The barman, dreams of Gossamer Beynon.
Polly Garter - Dreams of babies.
Mr. Cherry Owen - Dreams of drinking, and yet, unable to - drinks anyway.
Mr. Willy Nilly - The postman, who delivers the post in his sleep.
Mrs. Willy Nilly - Who dreams of being spanked by teacher, every night of her married life.
Butcher Beynon - The butcher, dreams of riding pigs and shooting giblets.
Mrs. Butcher Beynon - Butcher Beynon's wife, dreams of the horrors that her husband commits.
Rev. Eli Jenkins - The Reverend, poet and preacher, dreams of Eisteddfodau.
Evans the Death - The undertaker, who dreams of youth.
Nogood Boyo - Dreams of nothing.
Police Constable Attila Rees - The policeman, relieves himself into his helmet at night.
Utah Watkins - The farmer, dreams of his wife, knitting.
Bessie Bighead - Hired help, dreams of the one man that ever kissed her.
Dai Bread - The baker, dreams of harems.
Ocky Milkman - The milkman, dreams of pouring the milk into a river, regardless of expense.
Lord Cut Glass - Dreams of clocks.
Organ Morgan - The church organ player, dreams of music and orchestras within the village. Cries out 'Help' in his sleep.
Mae Rose Cottage - Dreams of meeting Mr.Right in a faerie tale world.(main character)
Mrs. Organ Morgan - Dreams of silence.
Jack Black - The cobbler, who dreams of frightening the young couples.
Mary Ann Sailors - Dreams of the Garden of Eden.
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