In this play, the author deploys verbal and theatrical wit in his combination of two plots - a complex exploration of of the language of social exchange and personal feeling between typically well-born men and women of late 17th-century England.
"Marriage a-la-Mode" was an early and influential comedy of manners, later to be developed by Etherege and Wycherly. During the play Dryden deploys verbal and theatrical wit which is in experimental contrast to a loftier vein of poetic tragi-comedy. With its unusual combination of two plots, this play affords a complex exploration of the language of social exchange and personal feeling between typically well-born men and women of the late 17th-century English world.
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