The Literary Context

  • David Thomas
Part of the English Dramatists book series (ENGDRAMA)


At the end of Etherege’s play The Man of Mode (1676), the audience is left with a question in its mind. The major characters, Harriet and Dorimant have declared in asides to the audience the strength of their feelings for each other but they do not trust each other and cannot find the right vocabulary to talk directly to each other. The question is: will they ever find sufficient trust, in London or the country, on which to base a viable relationship?


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  1. 1.
    J.E. Spingarn (ed.), Critical Essays of the Seventeenth Century, vol. 2 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1908) p. 59.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    John Dryden, Of Dramatic Poesy and Other Critical Essays, vol. 1, ed. George Watson (London: Dent, 1962) p. 91.Google Scholar
  3. 6.
    Maurice Stone in his book The Family, Sex and Marriage in England 1500–1800 (Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1979)Google Scholar

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  • David Thomas
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  1. 1.Castle LaneUK

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