Funnyhouse of a Negro - Part 4 Summary & Analysis

Adrienne Kennedy
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Part 4 Summary

In the richly decorated house of the Duchess of Hapsburg, Jesus screams with terror because his hair has fallen out. The Duchess, however, quite calmly shows that even though hers has fallen out too, she is still able to use it to disguise her baldness.

The sound of knocking returns and continues throughout the scene as Jesus and the Duchess comb each other's bald heads and speak together the words first spoken by the Duchess at the beginning of the play, when she had commented on her father's blackness.

The Landlady reappears, telling how Sarah's father had sent her a letter and asked for her forgiveness. In the letter, he had written that his existence depended on her embracing him and therefore herself. The Landlady goes on to say that he had actually come to see Sarah, but had gone away without her forgiveness. She says that...

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