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Pete is "the man" who was "there that night" when Nancy committed the murder in Requiem for a Nun (50). The younger brother of Alabama Red, the sexual partner of Temple Drake whom Popeye murdered in Sanctuary, Pete comes to Jefferson after finding the salacious letters Temple wrote eight years earlier to his brother. When he brings them back into Temple's life, he becomes both her blackmailer and her lover, the "next one" she falls in love with (132). When he appears in Act II, Scene II, the stage direction describes him as looking "like the general conception of a college man, or a successful young automobile or appliance salesman" - but "there is a definite 'untamed' air to him" (137).

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