Death of A Salesman: Novel Summary: Act 2, Scene 7

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This scene continues the flashback to the Boston hotel room where Willy and the prostitute are staying.  Unfortunately for Willy, he is about to receive an unexpected visit from his son, Biff.  Biff is heard knocking on the door, and finally Willy opens it after telling the woman to hide in the bathroom.  Willy opens the door, shocked to see his son.  He quickly tries to get Biff, who is telling him that he's flunked math and won't graduate, to go with him downstairs, away from the prostitute.  This strategy almost works, but just as they are about to leave, Biff hears someone in the bathroom and soon the naked prostitute walks out, asking Willy for her stockings.  Biff immediately realizes what's going on and begins to cry, learning that Willy is paying this woman in Linda's stockings.  He can't describe the anger and loathing he now has for his father, crying, "You fake! You phony little fake!"
Having finished this flashback, Willy moves through the restaurant, getting ready to pay the waiter and leave.  On the way out, he asks the waiter where he can buy seeds for his garden.  He tells Stanley, "I've got to get some seeds.  I've got to get some seeds, right away.  Nothing's planted.  I don't have a thing in the ground." This is a last, desperate attempt by Willy to salvage what's left of his life and his legacy.  Planting seeds represents the success he hopes to leave for his sons and his wife.

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