Act Two, Scene 3: At this point in the play, Ruth and Bennie are packing up their belongings to get ready to move to their new home. Ruth tells Bennie about how things have gotten better between her and Walter as well as how they went out to the movies the previous night and held hands, which they haven’t done in a while. At that moment, Walter enters the room, turns a record on, grabs Ruth by the arm, and begins to joyfully dance with her. The two dance and have a wonderful with when the doorbell rang.
Bennie goes to answer the door because Walter and Ruth were busy dancing. Once the door was opened, Bennie noticed a white man in a dress suit at the foot of the door asking if Mama was there. Bennie replies “no” to the man and Walter invites the man (now introduced as Karl Linder) in to have a seat to talk about the financial matters of the house Mama had bought. Linder tells Walter that the people living in the same community as they would like to, are upset with a colored family moving in and would like to keep it a white establishment.
They like things the way they are now and offer Walter the option of selling them their new house for more than the price they had paid for it. Walter becomes upset at this, and tells the man to leave his house. Linder leaves and soon afterwards, Mama enters the room and asked who visited. Walter told her what had happened and she hadn’t seemed to be troubled at all. Walter then tells Mama to open a gift that he, Ruth, and Bennie had gotten her, so she does. Mama was extremely surprised to open a gift of gardening tools to use at their new house.
Travis then gives Mama a gift that he had gotten her which was a gardening hat that she loved. At that time, a small man rings the doorbell and happened to be a friend of Walter’s. The man enters the house, sits down, and informs Walter that their business partner was supposed to meet him today to go over plans for their new business, but never showed; implying that the man had run off with all of their money. Stricken by this, Walter beings to break down because the only money he had ever had, he put in the hands of a man who he thought was aithful to help him with his family.
He was also upset by this because he had disobeyed his mother’s wishes of putting a portion of the money away for Bennie’s schooling, and the rest in a bank account for the future. Upset as his son, Mama begins to beat Walter for what he had done. Act Three: In the final act of the play, Bennie’s friend Asagai goes to the Young house to help the family with their packing. Asagai greets her and asks how she’s feeling as well as how school is going. Still upset from the news she Just heard about Walter all of her amilies money, Bennie tells Asagai that she might not become a doctor anymore because she can’t cure people any more.
Shocked by this, Asagai talks to Bennie about Africa, and how she could go to Nigeria with him and learn to be a doctor there. Bennie becomes overwhelmed with all of the events that had occurred in one day, so Asagai leaves to give her some time to think about things. Once Asagai had left, Walter entered the room Bennie was in, and Bennie began yelling at Walter about what he had done to lose the money. Walter seemed to pay no attention to his egan talking about how they all should accept what had happened, let it go, and move on.
Mama talks about how they should not move to the new home and get the money back that they paid for it so they could possibly fix up the coop they had been living in for some time now. Ruth becomes upset at this, believing that they should go to their new home no matter what had happened in order to start over. Walter then returns to the house and tells his family that he is going to sell the newly purchased house back to Karl Linder so they can still have a decent amount of money to live.
Mama is all for the idea until she finds out that Walter would be buying the house simply so they could be out of the white folks way. When Karl Linder shows up at their house to final the deal, Walter tells Linder that he is going to keep the house for his family and he will have to deal with their family living there. Linder says fine to what Walter had to say, and leaves. Happy with what the decision had been, Ruth, Mama, Bennie, Travis, and Walter grab all of their packed up belongings and move them to the moving truck to start over in their new home.