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The School for Scandal and Other Plays (1998)

by Richard Brinsley Sheridan

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Enter Sergeant-at-law, and Attorney following and giving a paper. (The Rivals)
MARIA. For my Part, I own, madam, wit loses its respect with me when I see it in company with malice. (The School for Scandal)
PUFF. There, you see relationship, like murder, will out. (The Critic)
WHISKERANDOS. O cursèd parry! That last thrust in tierce
Was fatal. Captain, thou hast fencèd well!
And Whiskerandos quits this bustling scene
For all eter-

BEEFEATER.-nity, he would have added, but stern death
Cut short his being and the noun at once! (The Critic)
Enter Tilburina and Confidante mad, according to custom

SNEER. But, what the deuce, is the confidante to be mad too?

PUFF. To be sure she is. The confidante is always to do whatever her mistress does- weep when she weeps, smile when she smiles, go mad when she goes mad.-Now, Madam Confidante! But keep your madness in the background, if you please. (The Critic)
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The Rivals.

The Duenna.

A Trip to Scarborough.

The School for Scandal.

The Critic.
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"His Comic Muse does not go about prying into obscure corners, or collecting idle curiosities, but shows her laughing face, and points to her rich treasure—the follies of mankind"

Thus wrote William Hazlitt of Sheridan, whom he thought shone 'like Hesperus' among the comic writers of the eighteenth century. As a playwright Sheridan had a brief but brilliant career, and between the ages of twenty-four and twenty-eight he wrote two of the funniest plays in our literature, The Rivals and The School for Scandal, and a wonderful farce, The Critic. Ingenious plots, agile and eloquent wit, and an unerring eye for the comic situation characterize Sheridan's drama. Never an insistent moralist, he delighted in deflating hypocrisy and in satirizing the manners of his age. As Eric Ramp writes in the Introduction, while Sheridan was no great innovator, "the three comedies by which he is now known are in many ways the best that Georgian theatre has to offer and they are comedies which, over the last two hundred years, have added much, as Dr Johnson said about Garrick, to 'the gaiety of nations'".

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A collection of comedies by Richard Brinsley Sheridan that discuss hypocrisy, satire, and the ideals of the eighteenth century.

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