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Inherit the Wind
by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
Inherit the Wind Act 1, Scene 2 Summary
Now we're inside the courtroom, and it's time to select the jury. A town lawyer by the name of Davenport and Mr. Drummond select the jury. Drummond accepts people who have never heard of evolution, of course. These lawyers are obviously trying to stack the jury in their favor. Brady asks if everyone can take off their coats because it's hotter than blue blazes in the courtroom, and the judge agrees. Everyone cuts loose. Obviously, the fact that this is Casual Trial Friday adds to the carnival-like atmosphere of this whole trial. Drummond refuses to accept someone for the jury who says he believes in the Bible, and in Matthew Brady. Then Drummond gets all angry because everyone is calling Brady "Colonel." As it turns, out they made him an honorary colonel the day he got to town. So to make Drummond feel special too, the judge declares him a colonel as well. (These two are worse than squabbling siblings.) After some more bickering, the rest of the jury is selected. Near the end of the scene, the judge announces that there will be a prayer meeting. Drummond objects because he thinks it's unfair to give publicity to one of the sides in the case and not the other. The judge is all, "simmer down now," and rejects his pleas. Rachel asks Drummond to give up on prosecuting her wannabe boyfriend. Bert is scared, and Drummond tells him he should be. Ooh. Bert decides to stick with the case, of course, and Rachel gets increasingly anxious. Girl's got good reason, too: Brady wants her to testify against Bert. Conflict of interest, much?
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