A Portrait* Sheridan advises the audience to avoid creating or listening to tales of scandal about other people. * Sheridan claims that the audience should search for the true worth of people rather than accepting second-hand criticisms. * In the Portrait section of the play, there is mention that in the late 18th Century, there was a customary dedication-themed presentation offered prior to the opening of a play. Playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan advises the audience to avoid participation in scandal by either creating it, or by listening to it. * Sheridan reminds the audience that appearances can be deceiving. * He further advises members of the audience against rendering judgment based on appearance that can be misleading, directing them toward a more fact-based, credible judgment based on more in-depth research.
Prologue* David Garrick states that the play will be about scandal and the fact that it is unnecessary to bring more of...
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