Funnyhouse of a Negro - Part 2 Summary & Analysis

Adrienne Kennedy
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The Duchess, now half-undressed and missing half of her hair, speaks with Raymond, a white man dressed as a funnyhouse guide. The Duchess refers to her fear of her visiting Negro father, speaking with the language and images she had used in speaking with Queen Victoria. She tells Raymond that her father was a Christian missionary in Africa, and pleads with Raymond to keep her hidden. She tells him that fear of her father made her hair fall out and says that she knows he wants to touch her in the way he touched her mother. She says that her mother is in an asylum, bald.

Knocking is heard throughout this scene. A Negro man carrying a mask appears, speaks of how his hair has fallen out, and tells of a dream he had in which his mother called him to her as she lay on her...

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