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1. What is the setting for Act 1, Scene 1 and which two characters open the play?

This scene is set in the office of small time boxing manager, Tom Moody. As the play opens Moody is in the middle of a fight with his girlfriend, Lorna.

2. Explain the reason for Lorna's agitated state.

She is trying to convince him to leave his wife and marry her. He keeps telling her to be patient and reminds her that his wife wants a large chunk of money to agree to a divorce. Lorna's temper calms and she forgives him.

3. What unrealistic promise does Moody make to Lorna?

Moody promises that if one of his fighters, Kaplan, wins his bout tonight he'll buy her something expensive. Lorna tells him that Kaplan won't win, and Moody admits she's right. He tells her how desperate he is for a good fighter to come along and make him some money. Lorna tells him that whatever happens, she'll love him forever.

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