Abe Lincoln in Illinois - Act 2, Scene 6 Summary & Analysis

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Act 2, Scene 6 Summary

It's a few weeks later now… New Year's Day. It is also the day Abe and Mary are to be married. Josh and Abe are sitting in the law office and Josh is reading a letter that Abe has written. Abe wants Josh to deliver it to Mary, but after having read it, Josh refuses. Josh tells Abe that you can't deliver that kind of news to a girl in a letter. Abe is clearly distraught and it comes out that he wants to be released from the engagement. Abe has broken off relationships with other women through letters but Josh tells him that Mary Todd is no ordinary woman and he can't do this to her in this way. If he is set upon breaking up, he needs to tell her in person.

Abe feels sure that he has gone crazy, he is at...

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