Closer Symbols & Objects

Patrick Marber
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Dan's Backpack

In the first scene of the play, Alice looks into Dan's backpack without permission, and finds things in there that she, both then and later in the play, respond to and which, as she later confesses, both trigger and define her feelings for him. There is a sense that in the same way as she looks into the backpack, she also looks into his soul which, in the same way as the contents of the backpack, trigger and define her feelings even further, and more deeply.

Dan's Sandwiches

Perhaps the most significant thing that Alice finds in Dan's backpack are his sandwiches, which as she notes, seem to have the crusts cut off. She makes repeated references to the sandwiches, particularly the missing crusts, throughout the play, commenting at one point that they were a particularly significant trigger for the development of her feelings. At...

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