Sergeant Musgrave's Dance - Study Guide Act 2, Scene 2 Summary & Analysis

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The Bargee, the Pugnacious Collier and the Slow Collier perform a drunken, mocking military drill. Musgrave appears and watches, as does another collier named Walsh. As Musgrave leaves, he collides with Walsh, who confronts him about why he's really there. Before Musgrave can answer, the Pugnacious Collier shouts out that Musgrave, in spite of having stripes on his sleeve, is a real man. Walsh says he's ashamed that the colliers are drunk on Musgrave's money, but Musgrave tells him angrily that the two of them are brothers in God. All Walsh has to do to see the truth is watch. Walsh laughs at him mockingly, and Musgrave insists again that they're brothers and then goes out.

As Musgrave and Walsh have been talking, the Slow Collier and the Pugnacious Collier have gotten into a fight and run out arguing. Walsh comments to the Bargee that...

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