Alberta is the woman with whom Troy has an affair. At the beginning of the play, Troy and Bono talk crudely about her attractive physique, and Bono questions Troy about his involvement with her throughout the book. Eventually, Bono realizes that Troy is having an affair with Alberta, and tells Troy that he must make everything right. Ultimately, Troy fails at this: he impregnates Alberta (with Raynell), and as a result his eighteen-year-relationship with Rose disintegrates.
Alberta Quotes in Fences
The Fences quotes below are all either spoken by Alberta or refer to Alberta. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Plume edition of Fences published in 1986.).
Act 2: Scene 1 Quotes
We’re not talking about baseball! We’re talking about you going off to lay in bed with another woman . . . and then bring it home to me. That’s what we’re talking about. We ain’t talking about no baseball.
Alberta Character Timeline in Fences
The timeline below shows where the character Alberta appears in Fences. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1: Scene 1
Act 2: Scene 1
...Rose finds out, since sooner or later it’s going to happen if he doesn’t drop Alberta and continues juggling both relationships. Troy replies that he’s been trying to figure out how... (full context)
...Troy he should have stayed in her bed, and Troy responds that, when he saw Alberta, “she firmed up my backbone.” Arguing that, after eighteen years, Rose should understand that he’d... (full context)
Act 2: Scene 2
...distanced from her husband, always wondering where he is (and imagining that he’s always with Alberta). But he continues to reject her concerns, and insists that he comes home every night,... (full context)
...goes to answer it. She returns, and we learn that it was the hospital calling: Alberta died during childbirth. The baby—a girl—is okay, and healthy. Rose says she wonders who will... (full context)
...pushing anyone away, and asks Rose to give him some room to breathe and process Alberta’s death. Rose leaves, and Troy addresses Mr. Death. Speaking to his own personified phantom of... (full context)
Act 2: Scene 3
...daughter is motherless and doesn’t know anything about “grownups’ business,” meaning his own affair with Alberta. But Rose rejects him, and asks, “What you telling me for, Troy?” She then re-enters... (full context)
Act 2: Scene 5
...with great hesitation—mirroring his father’s reluctance to tell Rose that he’d had an affair with Alberta—Cory tells Rose that he’s not going to Troy’s funeral. Rose, however, won’t accept this, and... (full context)