• The play begins with a young black man named Booth practicing a game of three-card monte in his room at a boarding house.
• His older brother Lincoln gets home from work dressed like Abraham Lincoln, wearing a costume and white face paint.
• Booth is surprised by Lincoln's sudden appearance and pulls a gun out, pointing it at him, and threatening to kill Lincoln if he ever sneaks up behind him again.
• Booth shows Lincoln a ring with a fake diamond that he intends to give to his girlfriend Grace.
• Booth says, "She's in love with me again but she don't know it yet," implying that Booth and Grace had a falling out, but that Booth intends to make up with her and ask her for her hand in marriage.
• Lincoln explains to Booth that he didn't have time to change back into his own clothing after work...
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