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Archer, Claire. Claire Archer was created by Susan Glaspell and appeared in the play The Verge (1921).
Claire Archer is a Mad Scientist. Archer is a botanist who attempts to create new plants which exhibit "otherness" and "outness." She nearly achieves "otherness" with the "Edge Vine" and the "Breath of Life," which is "the flower I've created that is outside of what flowers have been." Archer is emotionally frustrated and driven to distraction by the intellectual inferiority of those around her and the impossibility of communicating her ideas to them, and at the end of the play she shoots her husband.
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