The Elephant Man - Study Guide Scenes 6, 7 and 8 Summary & Analysis

Bernard Pomerance
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These three scenes define the physical, emotional, moral and spiritual conditions under which Merrick is to live at the hospital.

Scene 6 - Even on the Niger and Ceylon, not This Treves interviews an apparently competent and experienced nurse, Miss Sandwich, who insists there's nothing about Merrick that can frighten or upset her. Treves describes Merrick in as much detail as he can, commenting that there's a public belief that he has somehow, by defective thinking or through wrong beliefs, brought his condition on himself. He and Miss Sandwich agree that such thinking is wrong, and then Merrick's lunch arrives. Treves says he'll take it in and asks Miss Sandwich to join him, explaining that Merrick is in his bath attempting to wash away the smell of his decaying flesh.

They go in to see Merrick; but Miss Sandwich, contrary to everything she said, runs out...

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