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(1693)


Quem tulit ad scenam ventoso Gloria curru,
Exanimat lentus spectator; sedulus inflat:
Sic leve, sic parvum est, animum quod laudis avarum
Subruit, and reficit. ~ HORAT. Epist. I. lib. ii.


Dramatis Personae:

MEN.

HEARTWELL, a surly old bachelor, pretending to slight women, secretly in love with Silvia--Mr. Betterton.

BELLMOUR, in love with Belinda--Mr. Powell

VAINLOVE, capricious in his love; in love with Araminta--Mr. Williams

SHARPER--Mr. Verbruggen

SIR JOSEPH WITTOL--Mr. Bowen

CAPTAIN BLUFFE--Mr. Haines.

FONDLEWIFE, a banker--Mr. Dogget

SETTER, a pimp--Mr Underhill

SERVANT to Fondlewife.


WOMEN.

ARAMINTA, in love with Vainlove--Mrs. Bracegirdle

BELINDA, her cousin, an affected lady, in love with Bellmour--Mrs. Mountfort

LAETITIA, wife to Fondlewife--Mrs. Barry

SYLVIA, Vainlove's forsaken mistress--Mrs. Bowman

LUCY, her maid--Mrs. Leigh

BETTY

BOY and FOOTMEN.

~


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