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The 2 performs provided in complete during this quantity – Wycherley's The nation Wife and Congreve's The manner of the World – illustrate the evolution of recovery comedy among 1675 and 1700.

  • Includes complete texts of Wycherley's The kingdom Wife and Congreve's The means of the World.
  • Demonstrates how recovery comedy developed among 1675 and 1700.
  • Introduces common readers or scholars to the genre.
  • An editorial creation publications readers in the course of the performs and the period.

Content:
Chapter 1 creation (pages 1–6): Duncan Wu
Chapter 2 William Wycberley (1641?1716) the rustic spouse (1675) (pages 7–88):
Chapter three William Congreve (1670?1729) the way in which of the realm (1700) (pages 89–153):

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Har. Let me then, Madam, have my priviledge of a banished Lover, complaining or railing, and giving you but a farewell reason; why, if you cannot condescend to marry me, you shou’d not talce that 455 wretch my Rival. Alith. He only, not you, since my honour is engag’d so far to him, can give me a reason, why I shou’d not marry him; but ifhe be true, and what I thinlc him to me, I must be so to him; your Servant, Sir. Har. Have Women only constancy when ’tis a vice, and like fortune 460 only true to fools?

What is he? Sr Jas. Faith my Eunuch, since you’l have it, heh, he, he. ~ ~ Exit Sir Jaspar Fidget, and Horner. I rather wish thou wert his, or my Cuckold: Harcourt, what a good Cuckold is lost there, for want of a Man to make him one; 505 thee and I cannot have Homers privilege, who can make use of it. Har. Ay, to poor Horner ’tis like coming to an estate at threescore, when a Man can’t be the better for’t. Mr. Pin. Come. Mrs. Pin. Presently Bud. Come let us go too: Madam, your Servant. To Alith.

Spar. Well then, by the World, a Man can’t speak civilly to a Woman now, but presently she says, he males love to her: Nay, Madam, you shall stay, with your pardon, since you have not yet understood him, 255 till he has made an eclaircisment of his love to you, that is what liind of love it is; answer to thy Catechisme: Friend, do you love my Mistriss here? Har. Yes, I wish she wou’d not doubt it. Spar. But how do you love her? 260 Har. With all my Soul. Alith. I thank him, methinks he speaks plain enough now.

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