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A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGEACT 1 The Carbone family - Eddie, his wife Beatrice and her orphaned niece Catherine - are poor but content. They live in Brooklyn, where Eddie worksat the shipyards.When Beatrice's Italian cousins, illegal immigrants, arrive to stay, the Carbone family's life changes forever. Their loves and their loyalties are tested - and tragedyresults.Act 1aThe play opens with the lawyer Alfieri, who sets the scene. He talks about justice and how, sometimes, justice is dealt with outside the law. He says he has a timelessstory to tell - one that ran a "bloody course"he was powerless to prevent - and introduces its hero, Eddie Carbone.One day Eddie arrives home from the dockyard where he works with some news. Heannounces that Beatrice's two cousins from Italy have reached New York and they will arrive at the family's home at 10 o'clock that night. It is obvious that the family has often discussed the visit before - Beatrice is anxious that she hasn't completed all the preparations in the house she had intended to welcome them, and Eddie reminds Beatrice not to be so kind to the cousins that he will be turned out of his own bed for them. Yet he then claims it is an honour for him to be able to help them.Act 1bCatherine also has some news: she tells Eddie that she has been picked out of all the girls in her typing class to be offered a well-paid job at a big plumbing company. She is excited at the prospect, but Eddie is worried: he doesn't want her mixing withstrangers, wants her to finish her education and is concerned for her safety. Beatrice takes Catherine's side, however, so in the end Eddie relents and allows Catherine to take the job.Because the cousins are illegal immigrants, Eddie reminds Beatrice and Catherine not to mention them outside the house. To reinforce the danger, Eddie tells the story of Vinny Bolzano, who let on to the Immigration authorities that his family were hiding an uncle - and the bloody consequences.Act 1c
The cousins, Marco and Rodolpho, arrive and are warmly welcomed. The quiet, polite Marco reassures Eddie that they will not outstay their welcome and talks about his family left behind in Sicily, desperate for the cash that he will be able to send them once he starts work. He hopes to go home in about six years. The cheerful Rodolpho describes what it is like living in a poor peasant village: unlike his brother, he wants to stay in America. Rodolpho shows off his voice by singing 'PaperDoll', to Catherine's delight. Eddie puts a stop to the music because he doesn't wantsuspicions raised in the neighbourhood, but we also sense Eddie's dislike of Rodolpho - his face is "puffed with trouble."Act 1eEddie goes to see Alfieri, wanting the law to step in to stop Catherine marrying Rodolpho. He claims that Rodolpho is only doing it to gain a US passport, and that Rodolpho is homosexual. Eddie is amazed when Alfieri explains that no law can prevent the marriage. Alfieri hints that perhaps Eddie loves Catherine too much

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