What happens at the end of Scene Ten in A Streetcar Named Desire?

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At the end of Scene 10 in A Streetcar Named Desire, Blanche is on the telephone trying to connect to Western Union.  Stanley emerges from the bathroom wearing his special pajamas, and he eyes her.  Blanche tries to send a telegraph saying that she's "caught in a trap," but she is interrupted.  Her line signals the impending violence at the end of the scene.  Stanley takes the phone from Blanche, and positions himself between her and the door.  She grabs a bottle and smashes it on the table; then she threatens to attack Stanley with the sharp end.  He lunges for her, and she drops the bottle.  Stanley tells her that they have "had this date from the beginning" and carries her off.  The setting at the end of the scene implies that Stanley rapes Blanche at this point.

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