The Rivals - Study Guide Prologue Part 1 Summary & Analysis

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Prologue Part 1 Summary

The prologue to Richard Sheridan's first play begins with an attorney bribing a sergeant at law. The attorney hands the sergeant at law a piece of paper and the sergeant replies that he has forgotten his glasses and cannot read the handwriting. As the attorney continues to hand the sergeant money, the writing suddenly becomes more legible.

After the attorney exits the stage, the sergeant at law presents Sheridan's play to the court of public opinion. In the last lines of his brief statement, the sergeant welcomes all critics and reporters to judge the play for themselves. The worst crime the author could be guilty of, the sergeant at arms claims, is a bad attempt to please.

Prologue Part 1 Analysis

Sheridan immediately sets the humorous tone for his Comedy of Manners with the light-hearted bribery scene in the first prologue. At the time of the...

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