"You are Alfieri, Write Your Thoughts About Marco and Eddie Between Pages 77-80 and 83-85" 'A View From The Bridge'

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During my interview of Marco at the police station I found that things had changed since Eddie had first come to see me. Apart from the fact that the were mixed emotions towards his actions that evening I found that Catherine had seemed to disown him. She said 'To hell with Eddie!' which shocked and saddened me; to find that for all the love and protection he had given her, she seemed not thankful for any of it. Marco's stubbornness to his cause - that old Italian trait of honour and revenge. We nearly couldn't persuade him that all we needed to get him out of there was his promise. I asked him several times and Catherine tried to explain the system, but he would not understand that the only law was that of the book - there were no unwritten laws of honour and family. Being a lawyer, I noticed his hesitation before he gave his word, I knew he was an honourable man, but I knew that something was going to happen anyway - he was so enraged.

It was like when Eddie came to see me originally, I found that I knew he would report his cousins, no matter what. His love for Catherine, whether conscious or subconscious, would overpower his old-fashioned beliefs for loyalty to the family. Then Marco did what I knew he would, but I was powerless to stop it.

As Marco called Eddie's name I knew that something was going to happen and it wasn't going to make the place any more beautiful than when Frankie Yale was cut precisely in half by a machine gun on the corner of Union Street. I felt a certain admiration for Marco as he was starting the confrontation and everyone knew that he'd done nothing...