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download Study Guide She Stoops to Conquer opens with a prologue in which an actor mourns the death of the classical low comedy at the altar of sentimental, "mawkish" comedy. He hopes that Dr.
Goldsmith can remedy this problem through the play about to be presented. Act I is full of set-up for the rest of the play.
Hardcastle live in an old house that resembles an inn, and they are waiting for the arrival of Marlow , son of Mr. Hardcastle 's old friend and a possible suitor to his daughter Kate. Kate is very close to her father, so much so that she dresses plainly in the evenings to suit his conservative tastes and fancifully in the mornings for her friends. Meanwhile, Mrs. Hardcastle's niece Constance is in the old woman's care, and has her small inheritance consisting of some valuable jewels held until she is married, hopefully to Mrs.
Hardcastle's spoiled son from an earlier marriage, Tony Lumpkin. The problem is that neither Tony nor Constance loves the other, and in fact Constance has a beloved, who will be traveling to the house that night with Marlow. Tony's problem is also that he is a drunk and a lover of low living, which he shows when the play shifts to a pub nearby.
When Marlow and Hastings Constance's beloved arrive at the pub, lost on the way to Hardcastle's, Tony plays a practical joke by telling the two men that there is no room at the pub and that they can find lodging at the old inn down the road which is of course Hardcastle's home.
Act II sees the plot get complicated.
When Marlow and Hastings arrive, they are impertinent and rude with Hardcastle, whom they think is a landlord and not a host because of Tony's trick. Hardcastle expects Marlow to be a polite young man, and is shocked at the behavior.
Constance finds Hastings, and reveals to him that Tony must have played a trick.
However, they decide to keep the truth from Marlow, because they think revealing it will upset him and ruin the trip. They decide they will try to get her jewels and elope together. Marlow has a bizarre tendency to speak with exaggerated timidity to "modest" women, while speaking in lively and hearty tones to women of low-class.
When he has his first meeting with Kate, she is dressed well, and hence drives him into a debilitating stupor because of his inability to speak to modest women. She is nevertheless attracted to him, and decides to try and draw out his true character.
Tony and Hastings decide together that Tony will steal the jewels for Hastings and Constance, so that he can be rid of his mother's pressure to marry Constance, whom he doesn't love.
Where Hardcastle is shocked at his impertinence, Kate is disappointed to have seen only modesty. Kate asks her father for the chance to show him that Marlow is more than both believe.
Tony has stolen the jewels, but Constance doesn't know and continues to beg her aunt for them. Tony convinces Mrs. Hardcastle to pretend they were stolen to dissuade Constance, a plea she willingly accepts until she realizes they have actually been stolen.
Meanwhile, Kate is now dressed in her plain dress and is mistaken by Marlow who never looked her in the face in their earlier meeting as a barmaid to whom he is attracted.
Full title: A comedy. As it is acted at the Theatre-Royal in Covent-Garden. DRT Digital Store Full catalogue details.
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