Nights at the Circus - Section 1, Chapters 3 - 4 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 3: Lizzie’s sister, her husband, and kids make Lizzie and Fevvers feel welcome, and Fevvers enjoys the feeling of family life and helping out in the shop. Being around the sweet innocence of children and ice cream is purifying: a contrast to life in the dimly lit brothel.

Fevvers is hungry again, and Liz leaves the dressing room to go for food, refusing Walser’s offer to pay and leaving the two alone. Oddly, they both fall silent. Fevvers seems tired, concerning herself with her mirror. When she yawns, her stale scent and large form seem to fill the air. Hoping for a moment outside her presence and a breath of fresh air, he tries to excuse himself. She insists he use the chamber pot behind the curtain. As he urinates, he feels grounded once again, and no longer overwhelmed by her presence...

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