Why was Matthew Harrison Brady right?
While Drummond is depicted as the penultimate voice of reason and the court case in the play does reflect him as being "right," a case can be made for Brady possessing some points of veracity. Brady's (or William Jennings Bryan's) view of populism is brought out at several points, such as the reason for him being there and the idea that the people of Hillsborough need a voice, a champion who can articulate their points of view. On some level, Brady has to be seen as right because he is welcomed to the town with so much fanfare. It is not as if he changed his point of view during the trial. He entered the town being the champion of the Bible and never wavered in his commitment to it. Even throughout the brutal cross examination, Brady's faith is never doubted. This highlights another element of Brady which holds some level of meaning. Brady's literalist interpretation of scripture, while somewhat dismissed during the aforementioned cross examination, is something that is valid because it is shared by so many. Millions of people, if not more, believe in the literalist interpretation of Holy Scripture and do not break from this, no matter what. Reason and faith, in this paradigm, are mutually exclusive as the latter overrides all else in a literal interpretation of Holy Scripture. Brady proves this throughout the play, regardless of what one might feel about his stance.