* The Prologue makes a statement comparing two different types of fools: poets and natural fools.
* Poets are fools because they depend on the tastes and whims of other people to earn their living.
* Natural fools are stupid people who are blessed by fortune (fate).
* Congreve classified himself as a 'passive' poet who will accept the audience's opinion of this play instead of relying on his past success.
* Congreve states the purpose of the play is to entertain and not instruct the very knowledgeable audience.
* Prologues were a normal feature in Reformation theater.
* The prologue allows Congreve to defend his decision to add some unusual and new elements to his play.
* The play challenges the audience to try something new.
* Congreve wants them to use their 'reformed' sensibilities to enjoy something more subtle than farce which they had previously been used to.
Act 1, Scene 1
* Set in a chocolate...
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