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Bowen's Grocerie: Play Analysis

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ACT TWO
Scene 4

Interior, "Bowen's Groceries" (formerly Roger Button's "Everything But Buttons") 1912

MARGARET
Excuse me. I thought this was where "Everything But Buttons" was located.

DENNIS
It was, until a year ago when my wife and I bought the place from Mr. Button. As you can see, we’re a grocery store now.

MARGARET
You bought the store from Benjamin?

DENNIS
No, not Benjamin...his son Roger.

MARGARET
No...Roger is Benjamin's brother.

DENNIS
I think you're mistaken. My wife and I worked for Roger for years before purchasing the business. Isn’t that right Betty?

BETTY
What's that Dennis?

DENNIS
This lady was inquiring about Mr. Button.

BETTY
Oh Roger! How is he doing? Is Buffalo everything he and his wife hoped?

MARGARET
Buffalo? Did they all move to New York?... and I don't mean Roger... I have met Roger on occasion; but I was asking about Roger's brother Benjamin.

BETTY
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MARGARET
His son?.. No Benjamin is too old to be Roger's son. In fact, I would say Benjamin is a little older than Roger.
BETTY
Roger never mentioned a brother, and I've known him all my life. My father worked for the Button family years before I was ever born... but Roger did have a son that would be about ten years younger than me. I don't like to age myself, but Roger's son Benjamin was born at the start of the Civil War. That's why Roger never fought. After the birth, Roger's wife was never the same.

MARGARET
I don’t think Roger had any children. If Roger did, and named them after his brother Benjamin, I'm sure he would have told me.

DENNIS
If he was older than Roger, you must be talking about Roger's father. His name was
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