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The play conveys that everyone has completely given up on trying to stay civil, through the use of intensive alcohol abuse.

In the text, we notice that Veronique for example is eager to drink rum:


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Veronique tries to snatch the bottle out of his hands. Michel resists.

Annette: "What's the matter with you, Michel?!"

Michel: "All right, there you are, take it. Drink, drink, who cares."

Annette: "Is alcohol bad for you."

Veronique: "It's wonderful."

She slumps

Alain: "Right... Well, I don't know..."

This indicates that the topic of alcohol is more important than the actual problem at hand.


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