1. How does the dialogue of the opening scene give the audience a clue as to Mrs. Hardcastle's character?
She is complaining that their mansion looks like an inn and that they never go to London to get a little polishing. She talks about all her friends and neighbors who spend time in the city every year while she sits there in the country.
2. How is Mr. Hardcastle different from his wife?
He is a country squire and loves his simple life. He sees no sense in traipsing off to London to bring back garments and decorations that they really do not need.
3. How does the audience get a picture of Tony Lumpkin before he even enters the stage?
Mrs. Hardcastle sees him as her dashing son who enjoys a little humor now and then. Mr. Hardcastle sees Tony's humor as tricks and mischief. He does things like fastening Mr. Hardcastle's wig to a chair to make it pop off when he rises to bow to a visitor.
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