Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Quote #10

Since that's the way we're playing it…
(he unfolds handkerchief)
…let's play it that way…
(he unfolds)
…and speak no more about it…
(he finishes unfolding)
…speak no more. (1.799)

Is Hamm actually accepting defeat here? Does he actually believe that he has been abandoned? What do you make of the fact that he still uses the word "playing"? Even if he absolutely did believe that he had been abandoned do you think he would use a different word?

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