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No Exit | Scene Summaries

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Timeline of Events

  • After their deaths

    Garcin, Inez, and Estelle have arrived in the hot room in hell where they will remain for eternity.

    Scene 4
  • Next

    Garcin tells the others he ran a pacifist newspaper and was shot for pacifism.

    Scene 5, Section 1
  • Next

    Inez tells of her romantic, and cruel, relationship with Florence and their deaths by gas.

    Scene 5, Section 2
  • Then

    Garcin reveals how he betrayed his wife by having sex in their house with another woman.

    Scene 5, Section 3
  • Then

    Estelle reveals she betrayed her husband and lover and murdered her baby.

    Scene 5, Section 3
  • Next

    Looking down on Earth, Estelle sees her friend and lover dancing together.

    Scene 5, Section 4
  • Then

    Inez blocks Estelle's attempt to seduce Garcin.

    Scene 5, Section 4
  • Then

    Garcin recounts his wartime behavior and attempt to avoid being called a coward.

    Scene 5, Section 5
  • Then

    Garcin reveals his wife has died of grief.

    Scene 5, Section 5
  • Then

    Garcin fails to seduce Estelle because Inez blocks them.

    Scene 5, Section 5
  • Then

    Responding to his pass and plea for understanding, Estelle says she wants only sex.

    Scene 5, Section 5
  • Next

    Enraged Garcin faces an open door but chooses to remain in the room with the others.

    Scene 5, Section 5
  • Next

    Characters continue jockeying for positions as Inez tells Garcin she cannot give what he needs.

    Scene 5, Section 5
  • Next

    Estelle tries to stab the already dead Inez, who laughs at the futile attempt.

    Scene 5, Section 5
  • Finally

    Accepting their shared doom, the characters laugh and then sit in silence.

    Scene 5, Section 5

Scene Summaries Chart

Scene Summary
Scenes 1–4 No Exit is a brief one-act play that begins with the arrival of Mr. Garcin, led into a closed room by a valet, or bell... Read More
Scene 5, Section 1 The three characters begin giving information about themselves as Inez pays considerable attention to the attractive you... Read More
Scene 5, Section 2 Estelle tells a partial truth about her earthly life, which she wants the other two to believe. She found a way to escap... Read More
Scene 5, Section 3 Estelle continues to obsess about her appearance, her makeup in particular, and frets about having no mirror. The mirror... Read More
Scene 5, Section 4 Inez and Estelle both see how life on Earth is proceeding without them and are tortured by the knowledge. The apartment ... Read More
Scene 5, Section 5 Garcin and Estelle, the two characters who might share an actual physical, or sexual, connection, approach each other wi... Read More
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