The Children's Hour Summary & Study Guide

This Study Guide consists of approximately 43 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of The Children's Hour.
This section contains 1,278 words
(approx. 4 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy The Children's Hour Study Guide

Act I

The Children's Hour opens in the living room of a New England farmhouse that Martha Dobie and Karen Wright have converted into the Wright-Dobie School for girls. A sewing class and recitation arc in progress, under the disconnected control of Mrs. Lily Mortar, Martha's aunt. Student Peggy Rogers reads aloud from Shakespeare, while most of the other girls, somewhat chaotically, carry on with other activities, including sewing, cutting hair, and parsing Latin verbs. Mary Tilford enters very tardily, carrying some discarded, wilted flowers with which to placate the easily flattered Mrs. Mortar. Mary is clearly willful and manipulative, but she seems no match for Karen Wright, who sees through her ploys easily.

Karen enters and quickly disabuses Mary of the belief that she can get away with her lying claim that she picked the flowers. After the other children are dismissed. Mary takes: another tack, complaining...

(read more)

This section contains 1,278 words
(approx. 4 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy The Children's Hour Study Guide
Copyrights
Drama for Students
The Children's Hour from Drama for Students. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.