What is the significance of Blanche's eye-roll in this scene?
While she is fending off Mitch's advances, Blanche allows herself the luxury of an eye-roll, knowing Mitch cannot see her. This tells the audience that, first, Blanche is definitely not the blushing violet she pretends to be in her interactions with Mitch. Flirting is often a convenient fiction for both parties, and playing hard-to-get can provide both parties an enjoyable, measured way of taking it slow. Blanche knows she is putting on an act. Blanche does want to end up with Mitch, but she is more interested in the money, companionship, and security than the man himself. Rather than enjoy the flirting,...
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