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Solutions for Act II Scene 2 - Long Transmission

We seem to have a long list of apparently unrelated words. A couple of observations might get us started: firstly, the name of the puzzle, which indicates this is a transmission or message of some sort, and secondly, an unusually high number of i's, j's, and f's throughout the puzzle.

Perhaps the most famous mode of electronic transmission is Morse code, and those frequent letters give us a way to see it. Using the dots of i's and j's and the dashes of t's and f's, each word can be converted into a Morse letter. Each row of words then forms a new word:

FATHER
BIRTHTOWN
HONOURS
BIRTHSTATE
RELIGION
FIRSTWIFE
DEATHTOWN

These all seem to be referring to aspects of someone's life, and the clear candidate is Samuel Morse himself. His Wikipedia article gives us enough information to find all of these:

jedidiah
charlestown
phibetakappa
massachusetts
calvinism
lucretia
newyorkcity

The final step, as usual, is to repeat what we've already done and use the dots and dashes in these words to convert them into letters once more, giving us the answer, STAMINA, which one would certainly need when transmitting such a long list of random words in Morse code.

The answer is: stamina