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A View from the Bridge Act II Summary Page 1

  • Lights come up on Alfieri at his desk.
  • He lets us know that it's a couple of days before Christmas.
  • He also says that we are about to see the first time Rodolpho and Catherine were alone in the apartment together. (Sounds like trouble.)
  • Lights rise on the young couple and fade on Alfieri.
  • Catherine asks Rodolpho if they can move to Italy together.
  • Rodolpho is all like, what are you, crazy?! Did you miss all the previous discussions about how everybody is poor there?
  • Catherine admits she wants to go because she's afraid of Eddie.
  • He says once he's a citizen, he can get a better job and they can move away.
  • She asks him in a roundabout way, whether he just wants to marry her so that he can get his papers.
  • Rodolpho gets really offended. Does she think America is so cool that he'd marry some girl he didn't like just to be here?
  • He asks if she trusts him.
  • Catherine says it's not that she doesn't trust him, it's just Eddie was always good to her. She dreamed of him being happy at her wedding.
  • Rodolpho consoles her.
  • She tells him she loves him.
  • He asks why she's so afraid of Eddie.
  • Catherine says she's not afraid, but that it's hard to leave somebody who you've seen everyday of your life, someone whose every mood you know.
  • Rodolpho tell her she doesn't have to hate him, but that it's still time for her leave.
  • He takes her in his arms.
  • She asks him to "hold her" and "teach her."
  • Rodolpho thinks this is a swell idea and leads her into the bedroom.
  • Lights rise on the street. We see Eddie stumbling home drunk. (Maybe the bedroom wasn't such a swell idea.)
  • Eddie calls out when he enters the apartment.
  • Catherine comes out of the bedroom, adjusting her dress.
  • Rodolpho appears behind her in the doorway.
  • Eddie almost busts a blood vessel. He tells Rodolpho to pack up and move out.
  • Catherine tells Eddie that she has to move out, too.
  • Eddie grabs her and kisses her on the mouth. (Were you paying attention? Yes, he grabs her and kisses her on the mouth.)
  • Rodolpho demands for Eddie to stop.
  • Eddie taunts him.
  • The Sicilian goes for him.
  • Eddie pushes him against the wall and kisses him, too. (Yes, Rodolpho too.)
  • Catherine screams and claws at Eddie.
  • Eddie, crying and laughing at the same time, lets Rodolpho go.
  • Eddie tells Rodolpho that he has to leave tomorrow without Catherine.
  • Catherine says again that she's going with Rodolpho.
  • Eddie threatens to call Immigration without saying it exactly. He tells the "submarine" that, if he's not careful, he'll get "thrown back into the water."
  • Lights rise on Alfieri. He says it was a couple days after Christmas the next time he saw Eddie.
  • Eddie says that Beatrice is renting a room for her cousins with the old lady upstairs. He says no one is talking in the house. (Gee, we wonder why.)
  • Alfieri tells him that he didn't prove anything by beating Rodolpho in a fight.
  • Eddie says he knows for sure now that Rodolpho "ain't right," because he didn't fight like a real man.
  • He asks the lawyer what he can do. Catherine has already told him that she's going to marry Rodolpho.
  • Alfieri tells Eddie that he has no right to stop her, "morally and legally." He says Catherine is free to do what she wants.
  • Eddie is furious.
  • Alfieri yells after him, that he has to go along with it.
  • Eddie stands up with his jaw clenched.
  • The phone booth starts to glow. (Remember that? From the first stage directions?)
  • Alfieri calls after Eddie, begging him not to do it.
  • Lights fade on Alfieri as they rise on Eddie in the phone booth.
  • Eddie calls the Immigration Bureau and anonymously reports two illegal immigrants living at his address.
  • He hangs up before they can ask any more questions.
  • Louis and Mike conveniently walk by and see Eddie.
  • They ask him to go bowling.
  • A guilty Eddie says he has to go home.
  • Lights rise on the apartment.
  • Beatrice is alone, taking down Christmas decorations.
  • Eddie enters and asks where everybody is.
  • His wife tells them they're upstairs. She's moved her cousins in Mrs. Dondero's empty room.
  • Catherine isn't moving up there, says Eddie.
  • B. tells him that their niece is just bringing them pillow cases.
  • She says she's sick of the whole thing.
  • Eddie demands that Beatrice respect him.
  • His wife replies that they've moved out. What more does he want from her?
  • He says that she shouldn't bring up the fact they that don't have sex anymore.
  • Beatrice says, alright.
  • Eddie tells her she's changed. She didn't used to yell at him all the time.
  • B. says, alright, alright.
  • The lecture goes on, as he tells her that a wife should believe what a husband says. If he says Rodolpho isn't right, she should believe it.
  • Beatrice tells Eddie that Rodolpho and Catherine are going to get married next week.
  • She advises Eddie to stop being so hard-headed and come to the wedding.
  • B. tells Eddie that the couple has stepped up the date because they're worried about Rodolpho getting picked up.
  • They hear Catherine coming down the stairs.
  • Eddie tries to run away, but his wife holds him.
  • His niece invites him to the wedding.
  • Eddie says that, if she wants to start dating, he'll be OK with it. Maybe she could find another guy who's better. (Did he just miss the part where she said she was engaged?)
  • Catherine says that it's decided. She doesn't want anybody else.
  • Eddie asks what would happen if Rodolpho got picked up.
  • His niece tells him that's why they're getting married right now.
  • Catherine goes upstairs to take pillow cases to two other guys.
  • Whoa hold on, says Eddie to B., there are other people up there?
  • B. informs him that there are two other submarines staying upstairs. These guys are related to Lipari, the butcher.
  • Eddie goes into super-panic mode, just as Catherine reenters the apartment.
  • He tells B. that she must be stupid. What if Lipari has enemies who have called Immigration on his family members? She has to get her cousins out right now. If they all get picked up together, somebody might blame Eddie or Beatrice for snitching.
  • Knock knock knock. Two Immigration officers are at the door.
  • For a moment, Catherine, B., and Eddie freeze.
  • Eddie whispers for Catherine to go up the fire escape and sneak the immigrants out on the down low.
  • His niece just stands there, dumbstruck.
  • He urges her again.
  • A look of realization crosses her face. She knows Eddie is the one that called the feds.
  • She runs into the bedroom crying.
  • Eddie opens the door.
  • Two officers bust in and search the place.
  • Beatrice stares at Eddie, furious. She's figured it out too.
  • The feds decide to search upstairs.
  • One goes up the fire escape. The other goes upstairs. (No escape!)
  • Beatrice angrily accuses her husband.
  • The officers come down the stairs with Rodolpho, Marco, and the two other immigrants.
  • Catherine tries to lie and say that they're not illegal. She points to Rodolpho and says that he's from Philadelphia.
  • The feds don't buy it. One says that she can hire a lawyer if she wants, but it's a waste of time.
  • Marco rips away from the officers.
  • He spits in Eddie's face.
  • Catherine throws herself at Rodolpho.
  • Eddie lunges for Marco.
  • The officers throw Eddie against the wall.
  • They take the immigrants out into the street.
  • Lipari and his family kiss their immigrants goodbye, literally.
  • A crowd is starting to form. The whole neighborhood is coming out to see what's going on.
  • Eddie bursts from the house, screaming for Marco to apologize.
  • One of the officers tries to separate Catherine from Rodolpho.
  • Marco shouts, in front of everyone, that Eddie was the one who turned them in, that Eddie killed his children.
  • The officers hustle the immigrants away.
  • The whole crowd stares at Eddie.
  • He tries to defend himself, saying Marco is crazy.
  • Lipari and family turn their backs on him and walk away.
  • He begs them to believe him.
  • Louis and Mike turn away.
  • He screams after them.
  • Everyone deserts him except Beatrice.
  • Eddie calls after Louis and Mike, saying that Marco is going to take the accusation back or he'll kill him.
  • Lights fade on Eddie, who is bellowing as he stomps down the street.
  • Lights rise on Alfieri, Rodolpho, Marco, and Catherine in a prison cell.
  • Alfieri advises Marco that he'll bail him out, as long as he promises not to hurt Eddie.
  • Marco has a hard time making this promise. He says that back in Sicily, Eddie would already be dead.
  • Catherine pleads with him, saying that nobody in neighborhood will ever speak to Eddie again anyway. Everyone saw him spit in Eddie's face. Isn't that enough? She tells him that she really wants him to come to her wedding.
  • Marco remains unconvinced.
  • He asks Alfieri if there's any chance of him staying in the country.
  • Alfieri says no, but if Rodolpho and Catherine get married, Rodolpho will be able to stay.
  • Rodolpho begs Marco to promise not to hurt Eddie.
  • Marco says it would be dishonorable.
  • Alfieri replies that choosing not to murder someone isn't dishonorable.
  • The Sicilian doesn't understand these fancy-shmancy American ideas. He's flabbergasted that there's no law to punish Eddie for all the bad things he did.
  • Alfieri tries one last time, telling Marco that, if he gets out now, he could work for six more weeks before he gets deported.
  • The thought of being able to send more money to his family finally convinces Marco.
  • He agrees to not hurt Eddie, but he is ashamed. It's against his Sicilian code of honor not to seek revenge.
  • Meanwhile back at the apartment, Eddie rocks in his chair all alone.
  • Beatrice comes out of the bedroom dressed for the wedding.
  • Eddie tells her that if she goes, she can never come home again.
  • Catherine busts out of the bedroom and calls Eddie a rat.
  • His wife defends him saying it's everybody's fault, not just Eddie's.
  • B. tells her niece that she can't attend the wedding, but that she blesses Catherine and her children.
  • Rodolpho shows up. He tells everybody that Marco is on his way over. (Apparently Marco's promise didn't last so long.)
  • Beatrice begs Eddie to leave the house.
  • Eddie refuses.
  • Rodolpho accepts responsibility for everything that's gone down. He apologizes to Eddie for not asking his permission to date Catherine. The guy even forgives Eddie for forcing the kiss on him earlier.
  • Rodolpho wants to show Marco that he and Eddie are cool with each other now, so that maybe nothing bad will go down.
  • Beatrice pleads with Eddie to accept the apology.
  • Eddie, belligerent as always, won't even think about it. He insists that Marco has to apologize to him in front of the whole neighborhood. (Yeah, like that's going to happen.)
  • He says that Marco is the only person that can give him his name back.
  • Beatrice tells him it's not really his "name" that he's looking for. What he really wants is Catherine and he can never have her. (Wow, somebody finally said it outright.)
  • Everyone is shocked and horrified.
  • Her husband can't believe she'd ever accuse him of such a thing. (Is he really still in denial?)
  • Marco shows up in the street and calls for Eddie.
  • Eddie barrels down the stairs, screaming about how ungrateful the Sicilians were for taking his hospitality and then stealing his niece.
  • A crowd forms outside.
  • Eddie streaks across the street to Marco.
  • Marco takes Eddie down with swift chop to the neck.
  • Eddie whips out a knife.
  • Marco backs off a little bit.
  • Louis rushes in and tries to talk sense into Eddie.
  • Eddie points the knife at him, too.
  • Louis backs off.
  • Eddie lunges at Marco with the knife.
  • The Sicilian grabs Eddie's arm and twists the knife back towards him.
  • Eddie is stabbed by his own knife.
  • Louis and Mike pull the two men apart.
  • Eddie collapses to ground.
  • Catherine and Beatrice hold him.
  • His niece tells him she never meant for anything bad to happen to him.
  • Eddie dies in his wife's arms.
  • His last words are, "My B.!"
  • Lights fade on all but Alfieri.
  • He tells the audience that, most of the time, these days people "settle for half." Most of the time we live lives of compromise. Eddie didn't end up doing that. Alfieri admits that, though he believes that it's better to live through compromise, he respects Eddie in a weird sort of way.
  • In the end the lawyer still mourns the longshoreman, but not without a sense of "alarm."
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