Joe Turner's Come and Gone - Act 2, Scene 3 Summary & Analysis

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Act 2, Scene 3 Summary

The next morning Bertha is once again in the kitchen and listening to Bynum and Mattie discuss the charm that Bynum had given Mattie. Sometimes, he says, a person does not recognize good luck because it is not what they had been looking for. Bynum leaves the room as Herald enters. Bertha warns Mattie not to take Bynum's rituals too seriously and to let the thought of Jeremy go on. Bertha tells Mattie that Jeremy is just a young man who does not know himself well enough yet to be able to offer Mattie anything of any value. Molly's arrival at the boardinghouse and luring away of Jeremy is probably a stroke of luck for Mattie, although she may not view it like that now.

Bertha urges Mattie to just continue living her life, and then one day what she has wished for most will be standing right in front of her. At this moment Herald enters the kitchen and enters into a discussion with Mattie about loss. Since both people have experienced the loss of their partners, Mattie and Herald feel a bond beginning to bloom. Herald admits that he has been attracted to Mattie and knows that she thinks of him, too. Herald attempts to touch Mattie but his advances are awkward and he realizes that he has lost his ability to communicate with a woman.

Act 2, Scene 3 Analysis

Bynum's and Bertha's advice to Mattie about waiting for her good fortune is a form of foreshadowing which has almost immediate consequences. Bertha advises Mattie to be patient and then her future will one day appear in front of her. As if on cue, Herald enters the room and he and Mattie share their own personal disappointments, which draws the two of them together. Herald needs some further personal development and some more self confidence in order to proceed with the relationship, but the groundwork is laid, bringing Bynum's and Bertha's advice full circle.

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