In A Streetcar Named Desire, what does Blanche tell Stanley about illusion and truth and what truth does she reveal?

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In Scene 2, Blanche tells Stanley that "a woman's charm is fifty percent illusion."  She explains that is the reason that she fibs a lot, to create an illusion that is attractive.  However, she does claim that when something is important, a woman - herself included - will always resort to the truth.  In other words, a woman knows between right and wrong.  Blanche explains that she knows she fibs a lot, because “after all, a woman’s charm is fifty percent illusion,” but when something is important she always tells the truth.  The truth that Blanche shares is what she has already told - that the estate was lost, not sold.  She shares with him the papers, and explains the mismanagement of funds and slow decline of the estate.


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