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"The Way of the World" By William Congreve

"The Way of the World" by William Congreve

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Summary

One of Congreve's comedies, which features Mirabell who is in love with Millamant, a niece of Lady Wishfort. He pretends to favour the aunt to conceal his attraction to the niece.

"The Way of the World" Summary

"The Way of the World" by William Congreve

If seventeenth- and eighteenth-century comedy differ in that the former is about sex (and adultery actually happens) while the latter is about love (and adultery is merely threatened), then Congreve - writing at the turn of the century - occupies a phase of transition. Mirabell is no saint, but he deserves the title of 'hero' for masterminding the action with the same wit and humanity with which the dramatist designed the play. Mirabell is both financially and amorously interested in the skittish Millamant, who declares that she might, with certain provisos, 'dwindle into a wife'. The introduction to this edition clarifies the playwright's and his characters' highly intricate plotting and argues that the key metaphor of the play is card-playing, in which fortune, cunning, concealment and a high trump drawn from the sleeve at the right moment will win the game - and the heiress.

About William Congreve

Brian Gibbons is a distinguished scholar and editor of Shakespeare and other early modern dramatists. He is the author of many critical studies and a General Editor of the New Mermaids and the New Cambridge Shakespeare series.

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GOR001392399
9780713666625
0713666625
"The Way of the World" by William Congreve
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
2002-12-20
176
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