Pipe Dreams: The Lifeblood of Ruin and Despair in "The Iceman Cometh".
"The Iceman Cometh" by Eugene O'Neill centers on drunks in a skid row bar in 1912. The bar dwellers spend their time drinking rotgut whiskey and reminiscing about yesterdays and idolizing tomorrows, the fantasies of the future, which are shattered by the reformed salesman, Hickey. In the play, these pipe dreams keep the bar's populace alive.
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