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Torch Song Trilogy - Study Guide The International Stud: Scene 4 Summary & Analysis

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Arnold has gone to The International Stud gay bar with a friend named Murray who is never seen. Arnold's one-sided dialogue reveals that he is hurt by Ed's betrayal and wants a deep and true love that knows he will not find it in a place like this. Arnold feels that the gay bar scenario is humiliating and degrading, yet it is the only sure place to find other homosexual men.

Murray tries to convince Arnold to go to the back room and Arnold resists because of the fear of rejection by a stranger in a dark room. Eventually, Arnold acquiesces and he and Murray enter the backroom. The two men are soon separated and Arnold's nervousness is almost palpable in his voice. Arnold reveals that a stranger is fondling him and opening his pants, and when Arnold bends down to...

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