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The next morning, Stella is lying in bed with a content, meditative look on her face. Blanche, in contrast, looks as if she hasn't slept all night, and when she realizes that Stella is alone in her room, she rushes in and begins to yell at her for being crazy enough to go back to Stanley. Stella tells her to calm down and seems to think of last night's episode as an ordinary event that happens all the time - she doesn't understand why Blanche is making such a big deal out of it. She tries to justify his behavior by explaining to Blanche that he was drunk and that he had felt guilty after he had hit her, but Blanche doesn't buy into it. Stella even confesses to Blanche that on their wedding night, he had taken one of her slippers and had smashed all the light bulbs in the room with it. Blanche is astonished that Stella could live with someone as crazy as Stanley, but Stella seems to be as deeply in love with him as ever.
Blanche tries to convince her that she should get out of her marriage with Stanley, but Stella slowly tells her that she doesn't want to get out of her marriage. Married people, she patiently explains, have to learn to understand each other's habits. She and Stanley are in love and just need to adjust to each other when their habits conflict. Stella is comfortable in her marriage with Stanley and finds their sexual relationship so fulfilling that she is willing to overlook his temper tantrums.
Blanche refuses to believe that Stella is telling her the truth and believes that money will provide them with an escape from living in such horrible conditions with Stanley. She concocts a plan to call an old boyfriend of hers from college, Shep Huntleigh, who is now, a wealthy Texas oil man, and ask him to set them up in a "shop of some kind." Stella thinks that she is crazy and that her plan is not going to work, but Blanche is determined to contact him and begins to write a telegram to him, asking him to help her and Blanche. Stella, realizing how upset Blanche is, offers her some of the money that Stanley had given to her that morning, but Blanche refuses to take it. To calm Blanche down, Stella offers to make her a drink, but Blanche continues to rant about Stanley's temper and crudeness. She tries to make Stella see how wrong he is for her, but Stella tells her that there are things that happen during the night that make everything else seem insignificant. Blanche scoffs at that remark, believing that all that Stella and Stanley share is animal desire and that Stella deserves better than a crude brute like Stanley.
Blanche just doesn't get that Stanley and Stella are in love, and she tries desperately to make Stella realize that Stanley is common. While they are arguing, Stanley enters the house without either of them realizing that he is there and eavesdrops on their conversation. Stella sits back and coldly listens to Blanche, who raves about how bestial and animal-like he is, calling their poker night "a party of apes" and claiming that Stanley is completely ignorant and unenlightened. After she is done calling Stanley a stupid Neanderthal, Stanley decides to make his presence known and yells out to Stella. He comes inside the apartment, and Stella runs into the other room to welcome him home and passionately embraces him so that Blanche can see her commitment to him. Stanley laughs and grins at Blanche through the curtain.

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