Picnic - Act 3, Scene 1 Summary & Analysis

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Act 3, Scene 1 Summary

It is after midnight. Rosemary and Howard return home. He thanks her for a fun evening. It is clear they have made love. He then tries to leave, but she begs him to take her with him. He says "no." Rosemary falls apart, first demanding, then asking, and then pleading with Howard to marry her. Howard is reluctant but promises to come back in the morning. He leaves and she goes inside. Mad and Hal appear on the porch. She is sobbing and he is apologizing for their intimate encounter. Madge is upset that they let themselves get carried away by passion. When what is supposed to be a brief goodbye kiss turns again passionate, Madge pushes Hal away and says she never wants to see him again. Hal beats his fist into the ground in self-loathing and defeat.

Act 3, Scene 1 Analysis

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