Oats...Out, Moving on...In
"Luka, tell them in the stable not to give Toby any oats today" (Chekhov 392).
I thought this was a really funny play. I think that last line is funny because I think that the more oats she fed Toby, was the more she fed her memory of her dead husband. She clearly states that her husband was abusive and unfaithful, so why keep mourning? Well my take on it is that a woman (at the time) who loses her man loses her identity. She's found a new man, therefore she has regained control of herself.