Act I Summary

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Last Updated on May 6, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 138

The Fourposter takes place in the bedroom of Agnes and Michael, a married couple, who are the only characters in the play. Act I, scene 1 takes place in 1890, at night. They have just come home from their wedding. Agnes's mother has placed a pillow with "God Is Love'' embroidered on it on the bed. Michael is amorous, but Agnes is shy and nervous about consummating their wedding, even threatening to walk out on Michael. Soon, however, she feels comfortable enough to get into bed with him.

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Act I, scene 2 takes place in 1891, in the late afternoon. Agnes is pregnant with their first child. Michael complains that he is having labor pains and worries that Agnes is neglecting him in favor of the coming child. When she goes into labor, Michael leaves to get the doctor for her delivery.

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Act II Summary