Proof - Act 2 Scene 2 Summary & Analysis

David Auburn
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Act 2 Scene 2 Summary

The action picks up in present day, the moment after the end of Act 1; Catherine has just delivered her bombshell. Claire's immediate reaction is to ask if Catherine means that their father had dictated the proof to her. Catherine insists that she wrote it and in response to Claire's questions, divulges that she began working on it after quitting school and had completed it a few months before their dad died. Claire points out that the proof is written in one of Robert's notebooks and had been found in Robert's desk drawer. Claire continues to doubt Catherine's story; Hal has yet to say anything. Catherine reveals more details, how she worked nights at the house after Robert had gone to sleep. Claire insists that the handwriting is their father's and asks Catherine to prove her knowledge of the proof. Catherine says she wouldn't understand it...

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