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Master Harold and the Boys Summary
Athol Fugard

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Master Harold and the Boys Summary

Plot Summary

"Master Harold" . . . and the Boys is a one-act play by Athol Fugard. In the course of an afternoon, two black men and the teenage son of their employer examine the nature of human relationships and societal pressures in 1950 South Africa, enduring an outburst of hatred that threatens to end their long friendship.

On a rainy, windy afternoon, waiters Sam and Willie are practicing for an upcoming ballroom dance competition in the deserted tea room where they work. Willie is upset that Hilda, his girlfriend and dance partner, has not shown up to practice with him for the past few days. Sam quickly points out that she has stopped coming because Willie beats her. Seventeen-year-old Hally, the son of the tea room owner, arrives from school and eats a bowl of soup. The three men talk. Hally becomes visibly upset when Sam tells him that his mother has called...

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