Lily becomes angry and starts shouting about how, whenever Joe is around, Martha becomes irritable, unreasonable and jealous, taking her jealousy of Joe out on her. Believing that she would do better to find a subject based in fact,  Dashiell Hammett suggested the idea for the play to Hellman after he read a book titled Bad Companions a true-crime anthology by William Roughead.
Martha's Aunt Lily Miriam Hopkinsan aging actress, lives and teaches elocution at the school. Aunt Lily asks Karen about the whereabouts of Martha as her door is locked.
Pirie and Woods sued and eventually won, both in court and on appeal, but given the damage done to their lives, their victory was considered hollow.
At Karen's insistence, Joe reluctantly asks her whether she and Martha had ever been lovers.
Within days the school was deserted and the two women had lost their livelihood. The Cons: Well, really, all of it is kinda bad. Anyway, these two incidents give Mary all the fuel she needs.
After an engagement of two years to Joe Cardin James Garnera reputable obstetricianKaren finally agrees to set a wedding date. While Karen does not believe her, tries to dissuade her and maintains her own heterosexuality, Martha comes to believe she has loved Karen ever since they met and that she was simply unaware of the true nature of her feelings.
After reading the third act he said, "I'll produce it. Tilford's residence to confront her.