Mule Bone - Act 2, Scene 1 Summary & Analysis

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Act 2, Scene 1 Summary

As the scene begins, two women, named Sister Lucy Taylor and Sister Thomas, are discussing the notice of Jim's trial tacked to a big oak tree in town. Soon, more women join the scene. The conversation turns to the topic of the differing positions on Jim's guilt between the Methodists, led by Deacon Simms, and the Baptists, led by Reverend Childers and championed by Joe Clarke.

As the women discuss whether or not they will testify on Jim's behalf, Joe Clarke approaches, and the women challenge Joe's right to try Jim for a crime. Joe contends that his position as Mayor of the town entitles him to determine right from wrong. He is determined to do just that.

When Joe leaves to tend to the upcoming trial, the women remain and fight amongst each other over their religious beliefs. Eventually, even some of the local...

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