The Birthday Party - Act 1, Part 2 Summary & Analysis

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Act 1, Part 2 Summary

The two gentlemen, the Irish McCann and the Jewish Goldberg, come in. As McCann nervously and repeatedly asks whether this is the right place, Goldberg urges him to calm down and stay focused, telling a long story about how essential it is for a man to stay in control. McCann wonders why no one has come in, explaining that he's nervous just because he's waiting to start. Once he's going, he says, he's fine. Goldberg reassures him by saying that he asked specifically for McCann on this job. McCann expresses his gratitude for all the support Goldberg has offered him over the years, saying Goldberg is a good Christian. Goldberg accepts the compliment in the spirit it's meant. McCann then asks whether this job is going to be like anything they've done before. Goldberg considers and then tells McCann that the main issue they're dealing...

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