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Berniece and Boy Willies uncle is a railroad cook trying to keep the peace while testifying to the pastA few short generations removed from the African who carved the piano he comes to Pittburgh from Mississippi on a missionto sell his piano in order to buy a piece of the land where his ancestors slaved Boy WIllies partner watermelons is anxious to finish the business and begin his new life in the north Boy Willies sister Doaker and the action of the play reside in her house She refuses to let her piano be soldBernieces eleven year-old daughter is beginning to learn pianoA preacher who is trying to build his congregation while tending to the souls of its members He also courts BernieceDoakers brother Boy Willie and Bernieces uncle is a pianist drinker gambler and connection to the familys pastA young urban woman whom Boy Willie and Lymon each try to pick up SummaryThe Piano Lesson is set in Pittsburgh in 1936 and all the action takes place in the house of Doaker Charles and his nieceBerniece The characters in the play some of whom have migrated to the industrial north while others stayed in the rural southare the children and grandchildren of freed slaves and evident throughout the play is a teleological connection with the time ofThe central conflict in The Piano Lesson is more easily delineated than in any other of Wilson plays Boy Willie and his friendLymon have traveled north to Pittsburgh to sell a truckload of watermelons Boy Willie also intends to sell the family piano--apriceless heirloom into which his grandfather had carved the history of the family since the middle passage He intends to usethe money from the piano and the watermelons to buy a parcel of land where his ancestors slaved The main obstacle BoyWillie faces is Berniece in
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