From his desk,
once again frames the action of the scene. It is the twenty-third of December and
are, for the first time, alone together in the house.
While Catherine cuts out a pattern of cloth, Rodolpho watches her intently. Catherine asks Rodolpho if
he would still want to marry her if they had to move back to Italy. Rodolpho, indignant, tells Catherine
that he would not marry her if they had to live in Italy. Rodolpho wants Catherine to be his wife and he
wants to be a citizen; however, Catherine is wrong to think he would marry her just to gain citizenship.
Rodolpho insists the only reason he wants to be an American is to have the opportunity to work, that is
the only advantage. Catherine reveals that she is fearful of
's reaction toward her marriage and
Rodolpho eventually calms her. Catherine weeps in his arms and Rodolpho takes her to the bedroom.
Eddie, drunk and unsteady on his feet, appears below the apartment on the street. Eddie enters the
apartment as Catherine walks out of the bedroom. Eddie sees Rodolpho also come out of the bedroom
and instantly orders Rodolpho to pack up his bags and leave the house. Catherine moves toward the
bedroom and tells Eddie that she is the one that needs to leave. Eddie grabs Catherine and kisses her on
the mouth. Rodolpho tells Eddie to respect Catherine, his wife to be. Eddie taunts Rodolpho and
Rodolpho lunges toward Eddie, but is pinned by Eddie. Laughing, holding Rodolpho's arms, Eddie
suddenly kisses Rodolpho. Catherine tears the two apart.
Alfieri's office is once again lit on the stage. It is December 27 and Eddie has come once again to Alfieri's
office for advice. Again, Alferi tells Eddie he must let Catherine marry Rodolpho; the law cannot help
him. After leaving Alfieri's office, Eddie calls the Immigration Bureau and reports Marco and Rodolpho.
When Eddie returns to the house, he finds Beatrice packing up Christmas decorations. Marco and
Rodolpho have been moved upstairs to live with Mrs. Dondero. Beatrice and Eddie argue about their
relationship and Beatrice tells Eddie that Catherine and Rodolpho are going to be married next week.
Beatrice advises Eddie to give Catherine and Rodolpho his good word and even attend the wedding.
Eddie refuses to talk to her and moves toward the door. As he does so, Catherine enters the apartment.