M. Butterfly - Act One, Scenes 5-7 Summary & Analysis

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Act One, Scene 5. In Scene 5, the action resumes in Gallimard's cell. He tells the audience, that next in the opera, Butterfly makes her entrance. She is fifteen. The lights rise where Song was previously dancing at the beginning of the play. She appears again, now dressed as “Madame Butterfly”. Gallimard describes her actions, as she lays all of her possessions for Pinkerton to do with as he pleases. The lights go out on Song's performance and focus returns to Gallimard sitting on his crate.

"In real life, women who put their total worth at less than sixty-six cents are quite hard to find," he says (Act One, Scene 5). The closest it comes are girlie magazines, which Gallimard takes out and begins thumbing through. He says he first discovered them in his uncle's house when he was twelve. He imagined the power of having all of...

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