Rita feels trapped by what he thinks are choices, however, saying that they aren’t real choices.
As they continue their lessons, Franks world-weariness begins to show, and he is more down than up. In Act III, we see Rita rushing in late because of a talkative customer.
He says that he wouldn’t hide so much from his girlfriend if she were more like Rita. Frank doesn’t care, but he mentions that her latest essay is rather short and that he has questions.
Rita tells Frank how hungry she is to learn and that the people around her have no culture.
She is tired of listening to everyone’s inane conversations as a hairdresser and she’s looking for something more.
She calls herself Rita after the author of her favorite book, .
She admits that her husband isn’t happy about her desire to improve herself and that she feels like she doesn’t want to be part of the ignorant masses anymore.
Frank reluctantly agrees after a few probing questions.
The next lesson, Rita does not have her essay, which annoys Frank.
It features only two actors and takes place entirely in the office of a university lecturer.
It explores the relationship between education and one’s life, and the ways that problems follow us when we try to escape them.