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By Kate Aughterson

Aphra Behn: The Comedies offers scholars with an approachable and interesting research of Behn's dramaturgical skills, displaying fairly how she makes use of comedian and dramatic conventions to radical ends. Kate Aughterson exhibits how the playwright forces her viewers to have interaction with matters approximately gender and sexuality, while carrying on with to put in writing witty and obtainable performs.

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115 Sir Cautious. Aye, brother, but whose fault was that? Why, are not you married? Sir Feeble. Mum, no words on’t, unless you’ll have the ghost about your ears; part with your wife, I say, or else the devil will part ye. Lady Fulbank. Pray, go to bed, sir. 120 Sir Feeble Yes, for I shall sleep now, I shall lie alone. (Weeps) Ah, fool, old dull besotted fool, to think she’d love me; ’twas by base means I gained her: cozened an honest gentleman of fame and life. Lady Fulbank. You did so, sir, but ’tis not past redress: you may 125 make that honest gentleman amends.

Pedro. (To Valeria) This was your plot, mistress, but I hope you have married one that will revenge my quarrel to you. Valeria. There’s no altering destiny, sir. 500 505 510 515 520 525 530 535 Endings 33 Pedro. Sooner than a woman’s will: therefore I forgive you all, and wish you may get my father’s pardon as easily, which I fear. Enter Blunt dressed in a Spanish habit, looking very ridiculously; his man adjusting his band. Man. ’Tis very well, sir. 540 Blunt. Well, sir? ’Adsheartlikins, I tell you ’tis damnable ill, sir.

Belvile. Faith, sir, I am as much surprised at this as you can be. Yet, sir, my friends are gentlemen, and ought to be esteemed for their misfortunes, since they have the glory to suffer with the best of men and kings: ’tis true, he’s a rover of fortune, Yet a prince, aboard his little wooden world. Pedro. What’s this to the maintenance of a woman of her birth and quality? Willmore. Faith, sir, I can boast of nothing but a sword which does me right where’er I come, and has defended a worse cause than a woman’s; and since I loved her before I either knew her birth or name, I must pursue my resolution, and marry her.

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