The Balcony - Scene 5 Part 1 Summary & Analysis

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Scene 5 Part 1 Summary

Irma talks with her assistant Carmen, who's counting the income from the evening's activities. Their conversation reveals that Irma insists upon referring to the people who come to her as visitors instead of clients. Carmen used to work as a prostitute, but she has been promoted. She and the other prostitutes sometimes feel powerful emotions as a result of the roles they play. Carmen also says the real reason she's thoughtful and sad is that she's thinking about her daughter. As she talks, Irma sits at a panel of monitors and loudspeakers that enables her to watch and hear everything that goes on in each of the rooms in the house. As she checks up on her visitors, she comments that the Chief of Police is late. Carmen tells her about getting spiritual pleasure out of dressing up like the Virgin Mary to accommodate the...

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