The Belle's Stratagem: A Comedy in Five Acts

The Belle s Stratagem A Comedy in Five Acts In the following Comedy my purpose was to draw a Female Character which with the most lively Sensibility fine Understanding and elegant Accomplishments should unite that beautiful Reserve and De
  • Title: The Belle's Stratagem: A Comedy in Five Acts
  • Author: Hannah Cowley
  • ISBN: 9780536956521
  • Page: 277
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Belle's Stratagem: A Comedy in Five Acts
    In the following Comedy, my purpose was, to draw a Female Character, which with the most lively Sensibility, fine Understanding, and elegant Accomplishments, should unite that beautiful Reserve and Delicacy which, whilst they veil those charms, render them still interesting In delineating such a Character, my heart naturally dedicated it to Your Majesty and nothingIn the following Comedy, my purpose was, to draw a Female Character, which with the most lively Sensibility, fine Understanding, and elegant Accomplishments, should unite that beautiful Reserve and Delicacy which, whilst they veil those charms, render them still interesting In delineating such a Character, my heart naturally dedicated it to Your Majesty and nothing remained, but permission to lay it at Your feet Your Majesty s graciously allowing me this high Honour, is the point
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  • Hannah Cowley

    Hannah Cowley was an English dramatist and poet Although Cowley s plays and poetry did not enjoy wide popularity after the nineteenth century, critic Melinda Finberg rates Cowley as one of the foremost playwrights of the late eighteenth century whose skill in writing fluid, sparkling dialogue and creating sprightly, memorable comic characters compares favourably with her better known contemporaries, Goldsmith and Sheridan Cowley s plays were produced frequently during her lifetime The major themes of her plays including her first, The Runaway 1776 , and her major hit which is being revived, The Belle s Stratagem 1780 revolve around marriage and how women strive to overcome the injustices imposed by family life and social custom.

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  • So, I read the original version of this play from the 1700 s with little to no editing done to it This was definitely not a smooth, quick read I did, however, enjoy the play It has a lot going on involving marriage, disguises, British nationalism, complicated feelings of love I recommend it if you re into this kind of thing It isn t too challenging, and it is noteworthy as a British drama from the 18th century.


  • It s certainly fun to read if you like plays and comedies, but don t expect realism I think this one is much better seen in person.


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