Clybourne Park

by

Bruce Norris

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Chafing Dish Term Analysis

A serving dish composed of a metal tray raised above a set of burners which keep the food warm. It is often used for large-scale entertaining, as it can hold many servings of hot food. Bev tries to give Francine and Albert her old chafing dish, which they do not need.

Chafing Dish Quotes in Clybourne Park

The Clybourne Park quotes below are all either spoken by Chafing Dish or refer to Chafing Dish. For each quote, you can also see the other terms and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Farrar, Straus and Giroux edition of Clybourne Park published in 2011.
Act 1 Quotes

Bev: What about this chafing dish? Did you see this dish?
Albert: Well, we got plenty of dish—
Bev: Not one of these. Francine told me.
Albert: Well, that’s very kind of you, but—
Bev: She said you didn’t have one and somebody should take it and—
Albert: But we don’t need it, ma’am.
Bev: —make use of it, so if you let me just wrap it for you.
Albert: Ma’am, we don’t want your things. Please. We got our own things.
Bev: Well.
Albert: Trying to explain to you.
Bev: Well, if that’s the attitude, then I just don’t know what to say anymore. I really don’t. If that’s what we’re coming to.

Related Characters: Bev Stoller (speaker), Albert (speaker), Francine
Page Number: 95
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Chafing Dish Term Timeline in Clybourne Park

The timeline below shows where the term Chafing Dish appears in Clybourne Park. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1
Communication and Miscommunication Theme Icon
...uniform, enters from the kitchen to talk to Bev. Bev tries to give Francine a chafing dish that she never uses. Although Francine admits she doesn’t have that type of dish, she... (full context)
Race and Racism Theme Icon
Communication and Miscommunication Theme Icon
Once again, Bev asks Francine if she wants the chafing dish , and once again she declines. As Albert and Francine exit through the front door,... (full context)
Race and Racism Theme Icon
Communication and Miscommunication Theme Icon
...“it’s just money,” but he refuses to take it. She tries to give him the chafing dish , which he does not want, and he eventually tells her “we don’t want your... (full context)