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Fences Act 2, Scene 5 Summary
Stage directions tells us that it's now 1965. It's the morning of Troy's funeral. There's a funeral plaque next to the door. Raynell, now seven years old, enters from the house, wearing a flannel nightgown. She stares at a small garden plot. Rose comes to the door and asks Raynell what she's doing. The girl says she's looking to see if her garden has grown. Rose tells her it won't grow overnight and that Raynell needs to come inside to get dressed. Rose goes back into the house. Cory enters, wearing a Marine corporal's uniform. Raynell calls to Rose, saying there's a man in the yard. Rose comes out and has a tearful reunion with Cory. She's so happy that he made it. Bono and Lyons enter wearing funeral clothes. Lyons is impressed that Cory is now a corporal. Bono says Cory reminds him of Troy when he first met him. Bono takes his leave, saying he's got to go get the pallbearers ready at the church. Rose offers everybody breakfast. Lyons says he'll have some, but Cory tells her he isn't hungry. She goes inside to whip something up. Lyons congratulates Cory on his upcoming marriage. He tells his brother he always knew he'd make something of himself. Things haven't gone as well for Lyons. Bonnie left him a few years ago and he got in trouble for cashing other people's checks. At first they sentenced him to three years in the workhouse, but now it's only nine months. He says it's not so bad. "You got to take the crookeds with the straights," Lyons tells Cory (2.5.57). Lyons says Troy used to say that whenever he struck out. He reminisces about a time when Troy struck out three times in a row, but on the fourth time at bat he knocked the ball out of the park. Cory asks his brother if he is still playing music. Lyons says he is, and that that's the only way he knows how to make sense of the world. Rose calls from inside the house, saying Lyons's eggs are ready. Before going to eat, Lyons asks Cory how he's doing with Troy's death. Stage directions tell us that the two brothers share a silent moment of grief. Lyons enters the house. Cory wanders around the yard. After a moment, Raynell approaches him. She asks Cory if he used to sleep in her room. He says, yeah. Raynell tells him that Troy used to always call it "Cory's room" and that Cory's football is still in the closet (2.5.67). Rose yells for Raynell to come inside and change her shoes. After some protesting, the girl goes inside. Rose comes out into the yard. She tells Cory that his father died while swinging the bat at the rag ball hanging from the tree. Rose says he died with a smile on his face. Hesitantly, Cory informs his mother that he won't be going to Troy's funeral. "I've got to say no to him. One time in my life I got to say no," Cory tells her (2.5.79). Rose goes off on him. She says being disrespectful to the memory of his father isn't going to make him a man. Cory says Troy was like a shadow haunting him all his life. Rose tells him that he's just like his father. That's the last thing Cory wants to hear. Rose says Troy tried to make sure Cory didn't turn out like him, but in the process he did just the opposite. She admits her husband was a big man who was sometimes too rough and sometimes took too much. Rose says that by the time Raynell came along, she and Troy had lost touch with each other. She says she's determined to raise Raynell like Troy raised Cory. The phone rings. Raynell comes out and says it's the Reverend. Rose goes to answer it. Raynell asks Cory if he knew Blue, the dog Troy always used to sing about. Cory and Raynell begin to sing the song together. Toward the end they sing "Blue laid down and died like a man/Now he's treeing possums in the Promised Land." It seems pretty clear that, in a way, they're singing about Troy (2.5.101). Gabriel comes down the alleyway shouting for Rose. Lyons and Rose come out on the porch; they're glad the people at the hospital let Gabe out for the funeral. Gabe announces that it's finally time for the gates of heaven to open. He puts his trumpet to his lips and tries as best he can to blow. No sound comes out. He tries again and again but nothing happens. Gabe begins to do a ritualistic dance and sings a strange song. Stage directions tell us that by the time he completes the dance, "the gates of heaven stand open as wide as God's closet" (2.5.113).
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