A Thousand Clowns - Act 3, Part 1 Summary & Analysis

Herb Gardner
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Act 3, Part 1 Summary

An old recording of "The Stars and Stripes Forever" plays loudly as Murray puts his apartment back the way it was. Arnold enters, and for a moment, he and Murray neither speak nor look at each other. Arnold repeatedly asks Murray to turn the music off, and when he doesn't, turns it off himself. He talks about how he feels insulted by how Murray behaved, and says he apologized to Leo on his behalf and that Leo is coming over to meet with him. He then says that if Murray wants to keep Nick, he has to do whatever it takes, but Murray says he's worked out a way to tell Nick that he's leaving, and that Nick will understand. He and Arnold argue about who's living the most mature life, and Murray launches into a long speech about how he feels that...

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