What is the dinner scene about?

"Top Girls" by Caryl Churchill
What is the dinner scene about?
Who is Caryl Churchill?
Women in the Workforce - Good or Bad?
Who is Isabella Bird?
Who is Lady Nijo?
Who is Dull Gret?
Who is Pope Joan?
Who is Patient Griselda?
Where can I find more information?

In the first scene, Churchill assembles historical women to recount to one another the travels, intellectual accomplishments, and love affairs that have made them "top girls". First, they share their extraordinary achievements. However, the table talk changes to reveal instances of suffering and loss by each of these women. Isabella's travels prevented her from forming close relationships and short periods of agony when she returns home between her travels. Nijo gave up three of her children by lovers other than the Emperor, and was denied the privilege of seeing her father on his death bed. Gret lost children in a murderous invading army. Pope Joan had pretended to be a man so long, she didn't recognize what it felt like to be a woman. She was stoned to death when she had a disastorous public childbirth. Griselda was forced to prove her loyalty to her husband by allowing her children killed (or so she thought), and renouncing all the privileges of her postion. This scene points in the direction of where the play leads. Until the last scene, Marlene is represented as a "top girl", displaying the achievements she has made in her career, the power she has, and the idol position she has to Angie. In the last scene, however, it is revealed that Marlene is the mother ofAngie, having chosen to give her up, and has had two abortions.

"Top Girls" by Caryl Churchill | What is te dinner scene about? | Who is Caryl Churchill? | Women in the Workforce - Good or Bad? | Who is Isabella Bird? | Who is Lady Nijo? | Who is Dull Gret? | Who is Pope Joan? | Who is Patient Griselda? | Where can I find more information?

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