Love in a Wood; The Gentleman Dancing-Master; The Country Wife; The Plain Dealer

By William Wycherley; Peter Dixon | Go to book overview

THE PERSONS
Manly (of an honest, surly, nice humour; supposed
first, in the time of the Dutch War,∘ to have
procured the command of a ship, out of honour,
not interest, and choosing a sea life only to avoid
the world)
Mr Hart 5
Freeman (Manly's lieutenant, a gentleman well
educated, but of a broken fortune; a complier
with the age)
Mr Kynaston
Varnish (Manly's bosom, and only, friend)Mr Griffin
Novel (a pert, railing coxcomb, and an admirer of
novelties; makes love to Olivia)
Mr Clark 10
Major Oldfox (an old, impertinent fop, given to
scribbling; makes love to the Widow Blackacre)
Mr Cartwright
My Lord Plausible (a ceremonious, supple, com-
mending coxcomb, in love with Olivia)
Mr Haines
Jerry Blackacre (a true raw squire, under age, and
his mother's government; bred to the law)
Mr Carlton
Olivia (Manly's mistress)Mrs Marshall
Fidelia (in love with Manly, and followed him to
sea in man's clothes)
Mrs Boutell 20
Eliza (cousin to Olivia)Mrs Knepp
Letice∘ (Olivia's woman)Mrs Knight
The Widow Blackacre (a petulant, litigious widow,
always in law, and mother to Squire Jerry; [a
relative of Olivia])
Mrs Corey 25
Lawyers, Knights of the Post, Bailiffs, an Alderman, a Bookseller's
Prentice, a Footboy, Sailors, Waiters, [a Servant, a constable], and
attendants
THE SCENE
London

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Love in a Wood; The Gentleman Dancing-Master; The Country Wife; The Plain Dealer
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • The Country Wife and Other Plays i
  • Oxford English Drama ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgements vi
  • Introduction vii
  • Note on Staging xxii
  • Note on the Texts xxv
  • Select Bibliography xxix
  • A Chronology of William Wycherley xxxiii
  • Love in a Wood,∘ - Or, St James's Park 1
  • [dedicatory Epistle] to Her Grace the Duchess of Cleveland.∘ 2
  • Prologue∘ 5
  • Epilogue 95
  • The Gentleman Dancing-Master 97
  • Prologue 99
  • Epilogue Spoken by Flirt 189
  • The Country Wife 191
  • Prologue Spoken by Mr Hart 193
  • Epilogue Spoken by Mrs Knepp∘ 282
  • The Plain Dealer∘ 283
  • [dedicatory Epistle] to My Lady B-----∘ 289
  • Prologue Spoken by the Plain Dealer 290
  • Epilogue 399
  • Explanatory Notes 400
  • Glossary 467
  • Selection of Oxford World's Classics 487
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