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Fences Act 1, Scene 3 Summary
It's a few hours later. Rose is taking clothes down from the line. Cory enters carrying his football equipment. Rose fusses at him about leaving that morning without doing his chores; he was supposed to help Troy with the fence. Cory replies that Troy isn't ever around to work on the fence; he's been down at Taylors' for the past four or five Saturdays. He asks her if she told his father about the recruiter. Roses replies that she did, but that Troy didn't say much about it. She tells him he'd better do some chores before Troy gets home. Cory seems more interested in lunch. He exits into the house. Rose continues to take down laundry. Troy enters and sneaks up behind her. He comes on to her. She tells him to go on and asks him what the score was on the game. He says he doesn't care about the game and keeps coming on to her. Rose shrugs him off. Troy asks if Cory is home yet. Rose says that he's in the house doing his chores. Troy calls to Cory as Rose reenters the house with laundry. Troy fusses at his son for leaving without doing his chores that morning. He tells him to get to work sawing some boards for the fence. Cory starts sawing. After a moment, he suggests that Troy buy a TV. They're only two hundred dollars, he says. Troy goes off on his son, lecturing that if he had two hundred dollars he'd spend it on fixing the roof, not buying a TV. Cory remarks that the Pirates won today. His father doesn't want to hear about the Pirates. He says they've got an all-white team and that they never play Clemente, who is half Puerto Rican. Cory says Clemente plays all the time. Troy tells his son that they don't play him enough. He says that's why he doesn't want Cory getting involved in sports – white people won't ever let him get ahead. Cory points out that the Braves have Hank Aaron, and he's hitting a lot of homeruns. Troy says he isn't impressed with Hank Aaron. Cory talks about a lot of other black players. Troy tells him to stop talking about it and to saw some boards. He asks Cory about the college recruiter. Excited, Cory tells him that the recruiter will be coming by to soon to get Troy to sign the permission paper. Troy says Cory is supposed to be working at the A&P. Cory replies that Mr. Stawicki is going to hold his job until after football season. Starting next week, Cory will work at the A&P on the weekends. Troy tells him he's not signing anything. He wants Troy to get his regular job back. He thinks Cory should focus on learning a trade, not sports. Troy lectures his son, saying that the white man won't let him get ahead in sports anyway. He demands that Cory quit the football team and take his job back. Cory asks Troy why he doesn't like him. Troy goes off again, saying that it's a father's job to provide for his son, not to like him. He orders Cory to go down to the A&P. Cory exits. Rose enters and tells her husband that he ought to let Cory play football. She points out that Cory is just trying to be like Troy by playing sports. Troy says he doesn't want Cory to be anything like him. Rose tells Troy that he ought to admit that he was too old to play in the major leagues. Her husband won't hear it; he says it was just because he was the wrong color. Rose points out that what Cory wants more than anything is Troy's approval. Troy says he doesn't have time to hold Cory's hand. Rose tells him that the world has changed, and he can't see it. Troy replies that he works hard every week to provide for his family and that's the best he's got to give.
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