The Children's Hour, Act 1
• Act I of "The Children's Hour" opens with student Peggy reading from Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice" while Mrs. Mortar listens and the other girls sew.
• Mary arrives late for class, but tells Mrs. Mortar that she was picking flowers for her.
• One of the teachers, Karen, enters and confronts Mary about lying.
• Mary claims she's ill and that there's something wrong with her heart.
• Although Karen doesn't believe Mary, she sends for her fiance, Joe, who is a doctor.
• Karen and Martha, the other teacher, discuss what to do about both Mary and Mrs. Mortar.
• Karen talks of marrying Joe, which upsets Martha.
• Martha tells Mrs. Mortar, her aunt, that it's time for her move on.
• Mrs. Mortar becomes upset and accuses Martha of having "unnatural" feelings for Karen.
• Joe enters after examining Mary and tells Martha that she's fine.
• When Karen...
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