Prologue Part 1* The play begins with an attorney bribing a sergeant of the law. * The sergeant says the play will take place in the court of public opinion. * The worst crime the author can be blamed for is trying to make the audience laugh. * Sheridan immediately sets up a humorous tone for his play. * Sheridan shows he is ready and willing to make fun of himself and his peers.
Prologue Part 2* Julia discusses the differences between comedy and tragedy. * She asks whether or not a comedy can reach people and also make them laugh. * The prologue was added after the show's tenth night. * Sheridan insists that not all plays have to have moral weight. * This was during a time when the comedy of manners was not popular.
Act 1, Scene 1* Thomas, the coachman and Fag, a footman unexpectedly meet in Bath. * Fag works for Captain Absolute while Thomas works...
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