Cost of Living (play) - Scenes Seven and Eight Summary & Analysis

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Summary

Scene Seven - “Friday evening. John’s apartment. Nice lighting. Music plays” (71). As indicated at the beginning of the play, in the descriptions of its setting, this scene takes place the same night as the Prologue.

Jess arrives, dressed attractively, made-up, hair done, and anticipating an intimate evening. John appears and rolls in, somewhat surprised at her appearance. He requests a shower and a shave, talking about being both nervous and excited. He also starts talking about having thought about hiring hookers, saying that he used to think that talking about (and being with) hookers would make him “manly” (72). Jess asks him to not talk about hookers, and he eventually stops. They then talk about how the evening will proceed, settling on the shave first and then the shower, conversation revealing that John has a date at eight with a woman...

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