Cost of Living (play) - Scene Three Summary & Analysis

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Summary

“September. Early morning. John’s apartment. Jess’s first day at work” (36). Jess is shaving John very carefully. As she does, he repeatedly asks her to tell him more about herself, at one point assuming she has an English degree because she did not list her college major on her resume. She does not tell him much, concentrating on shaving him, which she eventually completes satisfactorily.

Afterwards, John suggests that Jess is uncomfortable with his body and physicality, suggesting that she pretend that her body works the same way as his. She tells him she is uncomfortable with what she says is making fun of him, but he tells her “You are making fun of me by thinking you’d be making fun of me” (39). She still does not imitate him, saying that it is not part of her job.

After John suggests...

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