The A nthor. It is surprising, says Mr. Perqr Fitzgerald, how much English Comedy owes to I rishmen. Nearly fifty years ago Calcraft enumerated eighty-seven I rish dramatists in a by no means exhaustive list, including Congreve, Southeme, Steele, Kelly, Macklin, and Farquharthe really I rish representative amongst the dramatists of the Restoration, the true prototype of Goldsmith and Sheridan. Thoroughly I rish by birth and education. Captain George Farquhar (1677-1707) had delighted the town with a succession of bright, rattling comedies Lave and a Bottle (1698), The Constant Couple (1699), Sir Harry Wildair (1701), The Inconstant (1702), The Twin Rivals (1702), The Recruiting Officer (1706). In an unlucky moment, when hard pressed by his debts, he sold out of the army on the strength of a promise by the Duke of Ormond to gain him some preferment, which never came. In bis misery and poverty, with a wife and two helpless girls to siporty Farquhar was not forsaken by his one true friend, Robert Wilks. Seeking out the dramatist in his wretched garret in StM artin s Lane, the actor advised him no longer to trust to great mens promises, but to look only to his pen for support, and urged him to write another play.
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It attests to Farquhar's stature as a man that he composed this
warm-hearted and vibrant play while he was dying. Like The Recruiting
Officer, the play is set in a provincial town and its plot is slight:
Aimwell and Archer, two impecunious London gentlemen, arrive in
Lichfield looking for an heiress to marry. Aimwell, posing as his elder
brother, falls in love with his 'prey' Dorinda and confesses his
imposture to her; his 'man-servant' Archer arouses the wistful interest
of the unhappily married Mrs Sullen. The introduction to this edition
discusses the play for its theatrical merits and argues that it
dramatises the ills of marriage in early modern England, shown by
Farquhar to be more injurious to the wife than to the husband, and
calls for a reform of the divorce laws.
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