A Bold Stroke for a Wife by Susanna Centlivre

By Susanna Centlivre

Notwithstanding critics and literary historians have consistently needed to admit that Susanna Centlivre's comedies have been very popular, they've got tended to dedicate themselves to a look for facts in them of meant deficiencies of 'the woman pen,' and to pay as a lot recognition to the playwright's marriages and amorous liasons than to the performs themselves. purely in recent times has Centlivre become well-known rather straightforwardly as on of the main magnificent playwrights of her time. A daring Stroke for a spouse could be the best instance of Centlivre's masterful plotting of comedian intrigue. The soldier Fainwell and Anne beautiful are in love, yet their route to the altar is blocked via her guardians, each one of whom has a unique view of what kind of husband could make the appropriate fit. Fainwell lodges to disguises of social forms. The play hence presents a variety of chance for Centlivre to satirize Tory respectability, spiritual propriety and capitalist speculative greed—and to provide voice to tolerance: 'tis liberty of selection that sweetens life.' but in any case it really is Centlivre's comedian muse that offers enduring lifestyles to the play as probably the most wonderful of eighteenth-century comedies.

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Come share it with me. DJAMAL: I’m not really hungry. BUNK: Come eat. It will warm you up. ) MATSON: Not once in all these years have I been offered an insult by any man. ) Do you want some? MATSON: No thank you. Helja looks on, hopeful for food. Bunk looks at her and can’t bring himself to offer her any. She continues to hum the folk song. DJAMAL: What about you? BUNK: I’m not hungry. DJAMAL: You need to eat, too, Isaiah. BUNK: I’ll have something later. I never eat after a fight. DJAMAL: You never eat when there are other people around to feed.

Just tell me what she wants. ) You can’t leave that with him! We’re in the middle of a wager. MATSON: I do not drink and I do not gamble. ) Tell me what she’s looking for. DJAMAL: You’ve had that locket for hundreds of years. It’s solid gold. He only wants a dime. MATSON: I have always conducted myself with propriety. DJAMAL: I want that locket. Bunk gives the locket to Matson, who stops playing. There is silence onstage as Matson opens the locket. Both Djamal and Helja turn to watch Matson. He smiles and tosses it away.

HELJA: Sotamies, onks sulla kompassia? BUNK: What? HELJA: Haluan kuulla lisaa musiikkia. Bunk drags her across the stage, behind the table, away from his rucksack—still holding the glass against his mustache. DADESHKELIANI: Are you enjoying your stay in Savannah, Lieutenant? Bunk is caught between Helja in the present and Dadeshkeliani in his flashback. BUNK: Very much, thank you. ) She’s trying to hook me in. So obsessed with her own questions and flirtations that she doesn’t seem to notice me holding the glass to my face… Helja runs out from under the table and goes for Bunk’s rucksack.

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