The Way of the World - Act 4, Scene 1 Summary & Analysis

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Act 4, Scene 1 Summary

The scene begins in Lady Wishfort's house. Lady Wishfort questions Foible about preparations for Sir Rowland's visit. These preparations are elaborate and include music and dancing, as well as cologne for the footmen so that Sir Rowland will not smell the stables. The two then discuss Lady Wishfort's appearance, and how Lady Wishfort should be sitting when Sir Rowland enters the room.

Lady Wishfort then sends Foible to make sure that Sir Wilfull talks to Millamant after learning that Sir Wilfull is drinking in the parlor. Foible goes to Millamant, and instead of doing what Lady Wishfort told her to do, she tells Millamant that Mirabell has been waiting to see her. She also says that Lady Wishfort has sent her to get Sir Wilfull and Millamant together. Millamant at first says she will not see Mirabell, but changes her mind and asks Mrs. Fainall...

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