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Inherit the Wind
by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
Inherit the Wind Act 3 Summary
Bert is afraid of his sentence—who wouldn't be? Jail doesn't sound like much fun. Drummond tells Bert that he always takes long shots in choosing his cases. Then he launches into a long narrative, because apparently it's Rousing Story Time. Drummond tells Bert about that time he wanted a rocking horse. See, he really really wanted one, but when his parents finally bought one for him, it turned out to be really shoddy. It broke on his first ride. From then on, he made spotting lies is his obsession. And dude has not fallen off of a wooden rocking horse since. A radio man wants to broadcast the verdict, which has never happened before in history. Like we said, this trial is kind of a big deal. The mayor asks the judge to take it easy because people are getting all worked up about the trial, and he doesn't want a lot of civil unrest. Then, the big reveal: the jury announces that Bert was found guilty, in a unanimous vote. Bert makes a statement that he will continue to oppose the law against teaching evolution because it is unfair. Obviously, he is not experiencing any remorse. We're scared for Bert's future. But then, the judge sentences Bert to a one hundred-dollar fine. Haha. That's not jail time, judge. Brady is really pissed about this slap on the wrist, and asks for a heavier punishment. Next, Drummond instigates some trouble. He says that Bert won't pay the fine—nope, they will be appealing this decision to a higher court. The judge fixes bond at five hundred dollars and court is adjourned ( bam bam). Brady asks if he can read a super long speech on the record, but the judge tells him that the fat lady has sung. Guess Brady couldn't get everything he wanted after all, even with the whole town on his side. Everyone starts milling around instead of listening to Brady. He clearly can't stand it when people don't listen to him. The radio man cuts off his broadcast of Brady's speech, and that's the last straw for Brady. Brady collapses and is carried off. Bert then finds out that Hornbeck paid his bail, and Rachel announces she's leaving her father. The judge announces that Brady is dead, and Drummond feels for him. We think he died from Lack of Attention Disorder. But when Hornbeck makes fun of Brady, Drummond gets mad at him. Hornbeck and Drummond argue over whether they should have any sympathy for Brady. Rachel and Bert plan to meet at the train station, to be reunited as free-people-crushing-on-each-other once again. Drummond puts both the Bible and Darwin into his briefcase and heads to the train station, too. We're pretty sure that train had a bumper sticker on it that read, "Coexist." Doneskies.
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