Arcadia - Study Guide Act 1, Scene 4 Summary & Analysis

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Scene 4 returns to the present day with Hannah and Valentine conducting research in the garden room. On the table is Valentine’s tortoise that looks the same as the tortoise Hodge fed the apple to, Hodge’s portfolio, a math textbook, Thomasina’s math notebook, and a paper with a diagram on it. Hannah is reading Thomasina’s math notebook and discovers her claim of a proof for “The New Geometry of Irregular Forms” in the margin. Like Fermat’s notation, Thomasina says the space of the margin is too small for her proof which can be found elsewhere. The piano in the next room starts playing during this discussion, although the song is being performed with much more talent than Thomasina’s performance. Valentine explains to Hannah Thomasina has been graphing the same formula over and over on a progressively larger scale. She has been using...

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