The Rivals - Act 3, Scene 4 Summary & Analysis

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Act 3, Scene 4 Summary

Scene 4 takes place in Acres' lodgings. Acres is discussing his dapper new clothing with his servant, David. David says that he doubts anyone at home would recognize Acres in his finery. Acres sends David to the post office and, once alone, begins to practice his dancing.

Sir Lucius O'Trigger comes to visit Mr. Acres. Acres tell his friend he has come to Bath in pursuit of a woman, but he does not mention the woman's name. He has received notice that the woman has been promised to another man and now he must decide what to do.

Sir Lucius encourages Acres to fight his rival. At first Acres resists the idea. He has never even met the man called Beverly and Beverly has given him no provocation. Sir Lucius convinces Acres that Beverly has done him a grievous harm by falling...

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