''A lawyer means law, and in Sicily where their fathers came, the law has not been a friendly idea''
Alfieri introduces the play to the audience, setting the scene and the values of being Sicilian American
We are then introduced to Eddie, Beatrice and Catherine who live in a neighbourhood called Red Hook. Beatrice and Eddie are married, Catherine is Beatrice's sister.
''He's a weird''
Beatrice's cousins Rodolpho and Marco have illegally entered America via boat.Rodolpho is not like the traditional SicilianWhereas Marco is.
''Can you lift this chair?''
Eddie notices that Rodolpho and Catherine have been getting very close and he assumes that Rodolpho isn't straight because he like to make jokes, he cooks and he can sing.
Eddie goes to Alfieri to seek help in what to do. however, Alfieri says to Eddie that there is nothing lawfully wrng with the relationship between Catherne and Rodolpho.
Eddie wanted to teach Rodolpho how to fight and during this small training Eddie strikes him around the face. Marco sees this and angered he asked Eddie a simple question which tests Eddie's manlihood.