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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