The Cocktail Party - Act 1, Scene 2 Summary & Analysis

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The second scene of the play takes fifteen minutes after the previous scene ended. The doorbell rings and Edward goes to answer, returning to the stage with Celia. The reader learns that it was Celia who called Edward in the last scene, and she says that it was his strange behavior on the phone that made her come back; she wants to make sure he is all right. She tells him that his story about Lavinia’s aunt wasn’t believable, and he is upset to think that no one believed it. It is now clear to the reader that the two of them have been having an affair. Celia now believes that they will be able to be together since Lavinia has left. However, Edward tells her that Lavinia is coming back.

Before Celia can react, Alex interrupts again, this time by phone. Only...

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