After learning from Flora that Baines listens to Ada playing but never has a lesson himself, Alasdsir finally realizes that there is an attraction between them. A calm comes over the house. The exchanged slaves were Boy Willie's grandfather who was only 9 years old at the time and great-grandmother after whom Berniece was named. The two bust into the house of Boy Willie's uncle, Doaker, at five in the morning. As she sinks deeper and deeper Ada has a change of heart and kicks free so that she can be pulled back into the boat. Written as part of his 10-play cycle covering the evolution of black America through the 20th century, Wilson set The Piano Lesson in 1936 when the country was still struggling through the Great Depression and countless black Americans were migrating north with dreams of casting off the yoke of subservience they still wore 70 years after Emancipation. Sutter loved the piano, but she missed the company of her slaves.
Willie reappears and asks Wining Boy is he is ready to catch the train back south. But Berniece refuses to sell the piano. But Boy Willie has bigger plans. In a final confrontation, Boy Willie attacks this ghost, while Avery attempts to exorcise the house. The Sutter whose land Boy Willie now wants to buy died by falling down a well, and the gossip is that he was pushed by those same ghosts. In the morning, Ada's new husband Alisdair arrives with a Maori crew and his closest friend, Baines, who is an alarming looking man due to his embracing of the Maori custom of facial tattooing.
The new 1994 edition of Roger Ebert's Video Companion is now in bookstores. During slavery, a man named Robert Sutter, the recently deceased-Sutter's grandfather, owned the Charles family. Musing on Wining Boy's magic suit, he withdraws a bottle of perfume from his pocket and gives it to Berniece and they kiss. Of course, Boy Willie's great-grandfather missed his family more earnestly than the slave owners. Thus he traded a full and half grown slave—Doaker's grandmother Berniece and his father—for the instrument. Berniece threatens Boy Willie with a gun, and the ghost of Sutter strikes again.
There is a silence where no sound may be in the cold grave under the deep, deep sea. Meanwhile, Berniece's personal life is similarly challenged. He discovers them together and boards up his home with Ada inside when he goes out to work on his timberland. The drama tells the story of an impoverished black family whose history is told in the carvings on the family piano. Alasdair becomes angry when she pulls away from his touch. And the performance by Paquin, as the daughter, is one of the most extraordinary examples of a child's acting in movie history. A generation later Boy Willie's and Berniece's father, Boy Charles, and his two brothers - Doaker and Wining Boy - stole the piano out of Sutter's house.
As she cannot communicate with him she takes Flora to meet with Baines and begs to be taken to her piano. Act 1, Scene 1, Part 2 Summary Doaker goes back downstairs, and when Boy Willie starts speaking about how Berniece is imagining things, Doaker tells him Berniece is too levelheaded to imagine such a thing. This section contains 968 words approx. Before leaving, though, he reminds his sister to keep playing on the piano, or he and Sutter many just be back. Ada's playing arouses Baines to such a degree that he approaches her openly in an effort to have sex with her; Ada cannot fight her desire for him and they make love.
He decides to retrieve the piano himself and offers Alasdair some land that he wants in return for Ada giving him piano lessons. Ada, Flora and their belongings, including her piano, are dumped on a New Zealand beach by the crew of the ship they are travelling on and with nobody waiting to meet them find themselves spending the night on the beach sheltering beneath a tiny tent formed from the frame of a hoop skirt. Berniece's boyfriend Avery and her Uncle Wining Boy also attempt for reasons of their own to get Berniece to sell. It is clear that Baines is attracted to Ada and it is her passion for music that is inspiring his passion for Ada. And if you are oddly affected by a key shot just before the end I will not reveal it , reflect on his strategy of shooting and printing it, not in real time, but by filming at quarter-time and then printing each frame four times, so that the movement takes on a fated, dreamlike quality. He sits down to play a song he wrote in memory of his wife, shielding the piano from Willie. GradeSaver, 31 May 2009 Web.
Avery moves to bless the piano. Wining Boy mentions that he heard Willie and Lymon were on Parchman Farm. Robert Sutter ordered him to carve pictures of the slaves into the wood of the piano so that Mrs. The play becomes something of a ghost story when the ghost of Sutter appears to Berniece, calling Boy Willie's name. Changing the subject, Berniece asks Avery to bless the house in hopes of exorcising Sutter's ghost. Several hours later, Boy Willie enters the darkened house with Grace, a local girl. They begin to kiss and knock over a lamp.
He wanted to make an anniversary present out of his friend's piano but could not afford it. You can help us out by revising, improving and updating this section. Berniece enters and commands Willie to stop, since the piano is their legacy. The film opens with the arrival of a 30ish woman named Ada and her young daughter, Flora , on a stormy gray beach. Over one hundred years ago, the Charles family was owned by the Sutters of Mississippi. As selling the piano would be like turning her back on their people and their past, Berniece continues to refuse.