The Elephant Man - Study Guide Scenes 4 and 5 Summary & Analysis

Bernard Pomerance
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These scenes portray incidents around Ross's attempt to exhibit Merrick outside England.

Scene 4 - This Indecency May Not Continue A man running a freak show in Belgium instructs two pinheads (mentally and physically deformed young women whose heads rise to a sharp point) in a routine they're meant to perform. Ross comes in with Merrick, commenting on how it's freer in Europe than in England, and they can both make their fortune. He then goes out to complete his arrangements for exhibiting Merrick with the police. Merrick, in the barely comprehensible speech that results from the deformities of his mouth and face, tells the barely aware pinheads how he was chased out of London, and how he came to Belgium to make money. He adds that he hopes to do a show with them someday, a show funded by the forty eight pounds he's saved...

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