Study Guide

Master Harold... and the boys Lines 191-346

By Athol Fugard

Lines 191-346

  • Hally, a seventeen-year-old white boy, comes into the tea room from school and greets Willie and Sam.
  • Sam's teaching Willie some dance moves and Hally cheers him on.
  • Hally asks them how they're feeling about the big dance contest. He says they look like they're ready.
  • Sam tells Hally that his mom isn't in the tea room; she got a phone call from the hospital (his dad's in the hospital) and left. Hally wants to know if that means his dad's leaving the hospital.
  • Hally gets ready to have some lunch the guys have prepared for him. He looks over some comic books that a neighbor left on the table for his father and declares them "mental pollution."
  • Well, excu-u-u-se me.
  • Hally's really worried about what his mom's doing at the hospital on a non-visiting day and tries desperately to interrogate Sam, but he can't get any information out of him; Sam doesn't know anything about it.
  • Hally finally convinces himself that his dad must have taken a bad turn and that his mother's just gone to help him out. He really doesn't want the guy coming home.

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