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Fences Act 2, Scene 2 Summary
Stage directions tell us that it's six months later. Troy enters from the house and starts to walk off. Rose comes out on the porch, saying she wants to talk to him. He says she hasn't wanted to talk to him for months, so why now. She tells him she wants him to come home after work tonight. Troy replies that he comes home every night. Yeah, but not straight after work, says Rose, implying that he goes by Alberta's first. Her husband tells her that he's going by the hospital after work. Apparently Alberta might be having the baby early, so he's going to check on her. Rose informs him that they put Gabe in the mental hospital today. She accuses him of signing the papers to have Gabe put away. He denies it. Rose says Ms. Pearl showed her the paper with his signature on it. Now Troy will get part of the check that the government sends for his brother. Troy says he didn't know what he was signing because he can't read. Rose accuses Troy of selling his brother out for the money. He flatly denies it. The phone rings and Rose goes to answer it. She comes back out and tells Troy that it was the hospital calling. Alberta has had the child but died in the process. The baby is healthy. Rose wonders who is going to bury Alberta. Troy says Alberta had family. Rose begs Troy not to push her away. He says he's not trying to do that; he just needs some breathing room. Rose goes back into the house. Troy starts talking out loud to Death. He says he's going to build a fence around the yard to keep Death out. Troy tells Death that when he comes for him he'd better be ready for a fight.
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