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Scene 6

The scene begins at two o'clock a.m. on the same night that Blanche and Mitch have gone out together. They had gone to an amusement park together and are going through the motions of an awkward good night - he is unsure what she wants him to do. He thinks that she hasn't had fun with him tonight, and she tells him that she had tried to have fun but couldn't. She announces that she will soon be leaving Stella and Stanley because she has outstayed her welcome, and as Mitch unlocks the door to her house, he asks if he can kiss her. She wonders why he always asks before he kisses her, and he confesses that he is never sure that she wants him to kiss her because she had stopped him from kissing her in the past. Blanche simply tells him that she has to remain prudent because single women often become confused and conflicted by their emotions and passions. Mitch responds by confessing that he has never met anyone like her before in his life.
They discover that Stanley and Stella are still out, and Blanche invites him in for a drink. While Mitch tries to make himself comfortable, Blanche flits about the apartment, charming him with her French and her manners. She compliments his physique, and he proudly tells her that he works out regularly to keep himself in shape. He in turn asks her how much she weighs, and when she refuses to tell him, he picks her up and tries to embrace her when he sets her down. Mitch is embarrassed when she gently reprimands him, and she tries to explain herself by confessing that she has old-fashioned ideals.
Mitch suggests that they should go out soon with Stanley and Stella, and Blanche seems hesitant to go along with his idea. She asks him if Stanley has told him anything about her, and when Mitch assures her that Stanley hasn't spread any gossip about her, she tells him that Stanley is incredibly rude to her and that she can't stand living with Stanley and Stella anymore. She believes that Stanley hates her and that he will destroy her unless she leaves their household.
Mitch interrupts her and asks her how old she is. Blanche immediately goes on the defensive and demands to know why he is asking, and he tells her that he has told his mother that he really likes Blanche and how nice she is. Blanche, who is flattered that Mitch talks about her at home, asks him why his mother wanted to know her age, and Mitch admits that his mother, who is very sickly, wants him to settle down with someone before she dies. Blanche observes that he seems to have a very deep "capacity for devotion," and she informs him that she, too, knows what it feels like to be lonely and to lose the person that you love.
She tells him about her husband, whom she had fallen in love with when she was only sixteen years old. He had had a certain nervousness, a softness about him that wasn't quite like a man's - a tenderness that seemed almost feminine. He came to her for help, and she had fallen in love with him and married him without knowing that she had gotten herself into deep trouble. She knew that she loved him but didn't know what his mysterious problem was or how she could help him with it. Then, one day, she had unexpectedly walked into a room where her husband was having sex with an older man who had long been a friend of his.
After she had discovered them together, they had initially pretended as if nothing had happened, and the three of them had even gone to Moon Lake Casino together, where she and her husband had danced the "Varsouviana" together. In the middle of the dance, her husband had broken away from her and run outside into the darkness. Moments later, she hears gunshots and goes chasing after him, only to discover that Allan, her husband, has shot himself. He had put the revolver into his mouth, and he had blown away the back of his head. She later reveals that while they had been dancing together, she had told him that she had seen him with his lover and that he disgusted her. Obviously upset, she tells Mitch that after Allan had shot himself, there had never been another light as strong as their love had been.
Mitch, who has been listening to her intently, embraces her slowly and tells her that they both need somebody in their lives and that they might be that person for the other. He kisses her, and Blanche ends the scene by crying, "Sometime-there's God-so quickly!" But we have to doubt whether Blanche genuinely believes that Mitch has saved her from her depression, or if she has fooled herself into believing that she has been saved.

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