The Merry Wives of Windsor
The Merry Wives of Windsor Act 4, Scene 1 Summary
- Mistress Page chats with Mistress Quickly as she attempts to drop off her son at school.
- Evans shows up and announces that school has been canceled that day.
- Mistress Page complains that her little boy (William) is having a hard time with his Latin grammar, and she asks Evans to give him a mini-tutorial.
- Evans proceeds to give little Willy a Latin grammar lesson while Mistress Page and Mistress Quickly stand by and watch.
- Mistress Quickly knows zero Latin and winds up misinterpreting the whole lesson, and so she accuses Evans of teaching little William a bunch of dirty words.
- Evans finishes the lesson and calls Mistress Quickly a "lunatic."
- Brain snack: Most literary critics think that this scene is designed so William Shakespeare can give a shout-out to his own experiences as a young schoolboy. 'Cause, yeah, otherwise we're really not sure what this scene is doing here.