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The Iceman Cometh

Eugene O'Neill

Act III: Part two

Summary Act III: Part two

As he has throughout the play, Larry stubbornly attempts to keep Parritt at bay, refusing to know his crime. Parritt would force him into the position of judge, a position from which, as the grandstanding Foolsopher, he has definitively renounced. As we will see in the final scene, this engagement with the world, this brutal assumption of responsibility will only make Larry desire death more. While the others might return to their pipe dreams, he will remain the only "real convert" to death Hickey has made, albeit one still too afraid to leave his life.