Act III Summary

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Last Updated on May 6, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 201

Act III, scene 1, takes place in 1913, in the late afternoon. Michael and Agnes have just returned from their daughter's wedding. They argue, and Agnes informs Michael that she no longer loves him and is going to leave him. She criticizes Michael for discouraging a young aspiring poet who had asked for advice on his poems. Michael agrees to look at the poems again but is still critical. Agnes accuses him of not needing her any more, but he tells her, ‘‘It's you who make me sing . . . and if I sing like a frog in a pond, it's not my fault.’’ Upon hearing this, Agnes simultaneously laughs, cries, and embraces him.

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Act III, scene 2 takes place in 1925, at dawn. Michael and Agnes are moving out of their house to live in a smaller apartment. Agnes wants to place their pillow, on which the words "God Is Love'' are embroidered, under the bedcovers for the newly wed couple who will be moving into their house, but Michael protests. They bicker over the pillow, each in turn surreptitiously removing it and replacing it. Finally, Michael leaves the pillow where Agnes has placed it in the bed, setting a bottle of champagne next to it.

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Act II Summary