The Elephant Man - Scenes 13 and 14 Summary & Analysis

Bernard Pomerance
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Scenes 13 and 14 Summary

These two scenes contrast the power of money with the power of personal connection and relationship, and define Treves as resistant to both.

Scene 13 - Anxieties of the Swamp Angry conversation between Treves, Gomm and Lord John, one of the society gentlemen who befriended Merrick, reveals that Lord John used money intended to fund Merrick's care in his own investments, which have failed miserably. He attempts to borrow more money from Treves; but Gomm tells him Treves has to focus on his work for the hospital, rather than on Lord John's financial affairs. Lord John leaves. Gomm warns Treves to be more careful with his friends and their financial dealings, calling Lord John "a one man moral swamp" and essentially ordering Treves to break all ties with him. He goes out as Mrs. Kendal comes in for her regular visit. As she comments...

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