The Threepenny Opera - Act 1, Scene 2, Part 2 Summary & Analysis

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Act 1, Scene 2, Part 2 Summary

After the thugs have finished singing, Macheath says their effort was pretty feeble. Polly volunteers to sing a song that she first heard sung by a girl working as a dishwasher in a seedy bar, and she explains to Macheath and the others how they should pretend to be customers. As they start playing their roles, the lights and setting change in the same way as they did for the Peachums' song. Polly sings about a girl working in a seedy bar who smiles to herself as the hotel in which she works is saved from bombs being lobbed into the town from the harbor. She tells the invading soldiers which of their prisoners to kill.

After Polly has finished, the thugs talk about how pretty the song was, but Macheath says that it wasn't just pretty - it was art. He also...

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