Act 1 Continued
Eddie leaves his office and Alfieri addresses the audience. He informs the audience that from the moment Eddie left his office, he knew Eddie’s tragic outcome.
Alfieri explains that he could see each step unraveling before him, and, in retrospect, wonders why he was powerlessness to stop it.
Catherine and Beatrice clear the dinner table while the men finish eating. Catherine brags to Eddie that Rodolpho has been to Africa.
Eddie and Marco explain their trips on fishing boats. Beatrice questions why they have to go out on boats to fish and Marco tells her that the only fish she will catch from the beach are sardines.
Catherine and Beatrice discuss the thought of sardines in the ocean. Catherine thinks that the idea of sardines in the ocean is as bizarre as oranges on a tree.
Eddie agrees with Catherine and states that he heard they painted oranges to make them look orange because they grew green on the tree.
Rodolpho disagrees with Eddie’s thoughts about the oranges and Beatrice quickly diverts the conflict by asking about Marco’s children.
Marco explains that his children are well. Eddie jokingly suggests that there might be a few extra children when Marco returns to Italy, but Marco assures him that he can trust his wife.
Rodolpho informs Eddie that it is stricter in their town and the people are not so free. Rodolpho’s remark angers Eddie, who rises and paces about the room.
Eddie tells Rodolpho that the women might be freer in America, but they are not less strict. Eddie is angry because he thinks Rodolpho is taking advantage of Catherine and is offended that Eddie did not ask permission to take Catherine out on a date.
Marco tells Rodolfo to come home early, but Eddie is not happy. Eddie wants Rodolpho to work and not be out so much. Masking his real jealousy, Eddie tells Rodolpho that the police will catch him if he is out too much on the streets.
Catherine questions Rodolpho if he wants to dance and he reluctantly agrees. They dance, Catherine asks how the men eat on the boats and Rodolpho’s cooking skills are revealed.
Eddie, surprised by this, informs Beatrice that the waterfront is no place for Rodolpho. Rodolfo turns off the stereo and listens to Eddie, who has risen from his seat.
Eddie cheerfully asks Rodolfo if he would like to learn how to do some boxing. Rodolpho reluctantly agrees and the men begin to lightly box. Eddie encourages Rodolpho, and he tells Rodolfo he is doing well.
After encouragement from Catherine and Beatrice, Eddie and Rodolpho stop boxing.
Marco approaches Eddie and asks if he can lift the chair in front of them. Eddie attempts to lift the chair, but is unsuccessful. Marco slowly raises the chair above his head.
A View From The Bridge
Eddie Carbone is a longshoreman and a straightforward man, with a strong sense of decency and of honour. For Eddie, it’s a privilege to take in his wife’s cousins, Marco and Rodolpho, straight off the boat from Italy. But, as his niece Catherine begins to fall for one of them, it’s clear that it’s not just, as Eddie claims, that he’s too strange, too sissy, too careless for her, but that something bigger, deeper is wrong – and wrong inside Eddie, in a way he can’t face. Something which threatens the happiness of their whole family.