M. Butterfly - Study Guide Act Three, Scenes 1-3 Summary & Analysis

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Act Three, Scene 1. Act Three, Scene 1 is set in a courthouse in Paris in 1986. Song has completed his transformation onstage, removing his wig and kimono. Underneath, he wears a tailored suit. Song addresses the audience, saying that he did his job better than he expected. It was 1970 when Song arrived in Paris. For the next fifteen years he lived comfortably, supported by Gallimard along with their son. And then, Song says, there was the spying.

Song is seated and Toulon enters dressed as a judge with wig and robes. Song is testifying in court. Song states he didn't have much to report at first, but then urged Gallimard to take a job as a courier handling sensitive documents. He would photograph them for Song, who would pass them to the Chinese embassy. Gallimard did not ask about the activity, but only knew Song needed the...

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