The Rivals - Act 4, Scene 2 Summary & Analysis

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Act 4, Scene 2 Summary

Back in Mrs. Malaprop's lodgings, Mrs. Malaprop is trying to sell her niece on the attributes of Captain Absolute. Lydia continues to vow her love to Beverly only. When Sir Absolute and his son arrive, Lydia says she will neither speak to nor look at them. She throws herself in a chair with her face toward the wall.

When the men enter, Jack refuses to speak. He tells his uncle he is overcome with passion and he cannot find his voice. Mrs. Malaprop and Sir Absolute are left trying to figure out what to do when Lydia will not look at Jack, and Jack seems unable to speak to Lydia. They threaten and cajole the young people to little avail.

Through many aside comments, Jack and Lydia reveal their thoughts to the audience as the tension in the room grows. Lydia...

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