THE LESSON takes place in the office and dining room of a small French flat. The professor, an elderly man, is expecting a young female student. The third character is the professor’s maid who is always worrying about the professor’s health. As the lesson progresses, the professor grows more and more angry with what he perceives as the student’s ignorance and the student becomes more and more quiet and meek. At the climax of the play, the student is murdered by the professor. The play ends as a new student is greeted by the maid.