Travesties - Study Guide Act 1, Part 3 Summary & Analysis

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Tzara comes in, speaking in a thick Romanian accent and expressing his intention to ask Gwendolen to marry him. Shortly afterwards, Joyce and Gwen come in from separate entrances. As soon as they see each other, they feel an attraction. Joyce begins a conversation with Carr, Tzara and Gwen, conducted entirely in limericks. All four characters speak in full limericks, in lines or half lines, or in words that complete someone else's line.

Gwendolen introduces Tzara, Joyce and Carr, revealing that Joyce is looking for money to support a production of a British play. Tzara speaks scornfully of plays, in particular, and of culture and tradition, in general. Carr suggests a production of a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta. Tzara leaves in a huff, followed by Gwen. They leave Joyce to recite a few more limericks, which suggest that he's got to get back to work...

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