American Buffalo - Study Guide Act 1 Summary & Analysis

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The play opens with Don, owner of Don's Resale Shop, and Bob, his "gofer," discussing Bob's presence in the shop. It becomes apparent that Bob was supposed to be watching someone at his or her home. He left his post because the person hadn't come out, and Bob thought maybe they had left through the back door. Don is upset. The store-owner tells Bob that they had a business deal, and his reason for giving up on the job isn't good enough. Don tells Bob that action counts, not intentions, that action talks and bullshit walks. Bob tells Don that he's sorry, and Don replies that he's not mad at him.

As he cleans up the debris from a poker game, Don explains that he's only trying to teach Bob something. Don describes Fletcher, one of their poker-playing companions, as a fellow who stands for something. According...

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