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The Dumb Waiter

Harold Pinter

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Part One: Beginning Until The Envelope

Part Two: From the Envelope to Ben's Gun

Part Three: After Ben Checks his Gun

Part Four: Speaking Tube until End

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Dumb Waiter's Ben

by ArtIzar, August 26, 2013

I don't agree about Ben's knowing that he was going to betray Gus, I think he is a poor puppet who can only follow orders literally, so if they tell him "shoot the man who comes through the door", he simply does it. In my opinion, that's the essence of the last silence, the finding out and the inevitability of the task. I don't find any clue in the characterization of Wilson that he would have any need of giving that information to his inferior.

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