This question is driving me crazy – it was asked on a bulletin board
about books and no one has yet been able to asnwer it. I have looked
on numerous sites for help on finding a book I read years ago. A boy
meets these two old ladies that are living in poverty. He brings them
food and helps them around the house. One lady accepts his help, the
other rejects it. They both quote Shakespeare a lot and he learns it
so he can talk to them, it helps him do well in English class but his
other subject's suffer because he's working to try and support them.
Eventually he finds out the two ladies are actually the same person,
the woman has dual personalities or is having fun with him. The lady
dies in the end and leaves a fortune to the boy.