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Fences Betrayal Quotes

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Quote #7

Bono: "When you picked Rose, I was happy for you. That was the first time I knew you had any sense. I said...My man Troy knows what he's doing...I'm gonna follow this nigger...he might take me somewhere." (2.1.38)

It's almost like Bono feels personally betrayed by Troy's affair with Alberta. Here he admits that he first came to truly respect Troy when Troy chose Rose over all the other ladies back in the day. Perhaps this is why Bono and Troy's friendship gets totally messed up by the end of the play, when the full truth of the affair comes out.

Quote #8

Troy: "I don't know how to say this....I can't explain it none. It just sort of grows on you till it gets out of hand. It starts out like a little bush...and the next thing you know it's a whole forest." (2.1.27)

Oh, snap, here it comes: Troy is about to tell Rose about his affair with Alberta. What do you think – is this pretty line about flowers and forests going to soften the blow?

Quote #9

Troy: "I'm trying to find a way to tell you...I'm gonna be a daddy. I'm gonna be somebody's daddy." (2.1.79)

What!? He wasn't kidding that his affair got out of hand. Not only did he cheat on his wife, he went fathered a child with somebody else. Wilson really keeps the surprises coming with this revelation. We pretty much knew there was an affair going on, but we had no idea about this.

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