Nights at the Circus - Study Guide Book 2, Chapter 4 Summary & Analysis

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Clown Alley is the name of the area of dwellings where the clowns in the circus are forced to live. It is considered the most wretched of areas, and the clowns live accordingly. Walser returns there after his episode with the tiger and sits with the other clowns to have dinner. The clowns are led by Buffo the Great, who literally sits at the middle of the table. He is a leader even in size, since he is much larger and taller than any of the other clowns. Buffo begins a tirade on the plight of the clown, and Walser concludes that it is a part of his initiation into the clown brotherhood. Strangely, the interaction between the group has a dismal appeal and a depressing weight. Their predicament is that they have to put on a happy face regardless of what is going on...

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