Act I, Scenes 1-6: Summary and Analysis

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Rene Gallimard: The 65-year-old protagonist and narrator, who is incarcerated and identifies with Pinkerton, the character from the opera Madame Butterfly.

Song: Gallimard’s lover, who he never realizes is a Chinese man who is only dressed as an exotic Eastern woman.

Man 1: A society figure who discusses the Gallimard affair.

Man 2: A society figure who discusses the Gallimard affair.

Women: A society figure who discusses the Gallimard affair.

Marc: Gallimard’s friend from student days who also adopts the role of Sharpless from the opera.

Girl: The ideal woman from a girly magazine.

Suzuki/Comrade Chin: The...

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