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money in the U.S. and are delighted when Eddie tells them they could make thirty or forty dollars a week. Marco and Rodolpho’s motivation in coming to America is to find work. They are ecstatic at the opportunities available in New York, though they will later find that immigrating brings with it perhaps as many problems as opportunities. Marco is alsomotivated out of love for his family, and a desire to provide for them by sending money back home. Catherineasks if Rodolphois married. He isn’t, and he says he wants to stay in the U.S., become a rich American, and then one day return to Italy with a motorcycle. Rodolpho talks about what a status symbol a motorcycle is in Italy, and then says that he is also a singer, and once made money singing at a hotel. Catherine is intrigued and wants to hear him sing. He sings a song called “Paper Doll.” Unlike Marco, Rodolpho has somewhat more naïve ambitions of wealth and prestige in immigrating. Catherine is quickly becoming infatuated with Rodolpho, a budding love that will greatly trouble the overprotective Eddie. The lyrics of the song talk about being disillusioned with love, and say “I’m gonna buy a paper doll that I can call my own, a doll that other fellows cannot steal.” Eddietells Rodolphoto stop singing, as it will alert neighbors that someone new is staying in the apartment. Marcotells Rodolpho to be quiet. Eddie notices that Catherineis wearing high-heeled shoes, and tells her to go into her room and change them. The lyrics echo Eddie’s attempt to control and possess Catherine, like a paper doll. Catherine’s high-heeled shoes trouble Eddie because they suggest that she is a mature woman and also because they hint that she is trying to impress or capture the attention of Rodolpho. As this scene comes to a close, Alfiericomes on stage and says that, ‘as the weeks passed . . . there was a trouble that would not go away.” The play resumes followingEddieand his family a few weeks in the future. Eddie is waiting impatiently for Catherineand Rodolphoto return from seeing a movie. He tells Beatricethat Rodolpho is supposed to stay inside when he isn’t working, to avoid getting caught. Beatrice tells him to stop worrying. Eddie pretends to be merely concerned with Rodolpho getting caught for being an illegal immigrant, but is clearly concerned about his relationship with Catherine,
whom he doesn’t want to see grow up and whom he doesn’t want to see develop a relationship with any man other than him. Eddieasks Beatriceif Catherinehas said anything about Rodolpho, and Beatrice says that Rodolpho is “a nice kid." Eddie disagrees, and Beatrice says he’s jealous ofhim. Eddie thinks this is ridiculous, and is displeased at the idea of Rodolpho and Catherine being together. He says that Rodolpho sings while working, so that the other longshoremen have nicknamed him Paper Doll. He says Rodolpho is “weird” and has “wacky hair.” Beatrice’s suggestion that Eddie may be jealous hints that Eddie’s overprotective

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