A Chaste Maid in Cheapside Essay

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In the following essay, Chatterji explores Middleton's integration of disparate elements and materials into a "coherent artistic pattern" in A Chaste Maid.

Richard Levin's recent article on the interrelations of the four plots of A Chaste Maid in Cheapside does justice to the highly complex structure of this fascinating comedy and covers an area of Middleton criticism so far practically neglected. While admiring the details of Professor Levin's elaborate and meticulous analysis, I feel, nevertheless, that the ground plan of the play is still missing. What fundamental design did Middleton have in mind when mustering with such splendid skill his own architectonic abilities? Why did he select the particular episodes that he did? In other words, what exactly brings together and unifies the various plots of the play, not excluding the Touchwood Senior episode? The answer, I believe, has to be sought not

merely at the level of...

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