How Things Really Work is a conversation mission in Mafia III.


Father James can't believe the things he's reading and hearing on the radio about what Lincoln is doing. Lincoln tells him that he had sat right there in his house and told him what he planned to do. However, the Father says there's a difference between hearing about something in the abstract and seeing it splashed across the front page of the newspaper.

When Lincoln asks if he thought he wouldn't go through with it, the Father replies that he knew as soon as he regained consciousness, he could see it in his eyes, but when he looks at Lincoln he sees who he was. A little boy who didn't have much, but also wasn't angry about it. A little boy who shared, who laughed, who just enjoyed being. He wonders what happened to that boy. To which Lincoln replied, "He finally realized how things work."

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Lincoln and Father James have a talk

He asks the Father how many times the orphanage was vandalized by rednecks, how many times they had to drive around, asking restaurants for their leftovers because they didn't have anything to eat. Father James agrees that they had to deal with racists, but whenever they did something folks would come around and help them out. White, black, Baptist, Lutheran, you name it.

He asks if Lincoln remembers how all the boys had new jackets every Christmas, telling him that those came from an old white woman, a Calvinist, who spent all year making them. He states that if all he ever looks for is evil, it's all he'll ever see. After this, Lincoln says he has to go. As Lincoln walks out, the Father says all he ever wanted was for Lincoln to have a good life.


  • Any previous conversation mission for Father James will be permanently deleted when a new one is added.
  • If this mission is not completed before the first sitdown, you may not be able to complete it without first starting Sign of the Times. Attempting to visit Father James once Sign of the Times is available may automatically start the mission A Little Closure instead.