The Rivals - Act 5, Scene 3 Summary & Analysis

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Act 5, Scene 3 Summary

The action now moves to King's Mead Fields. Acres and Lucius are the first to arrive. As they discuss a good distance for the duel (Acres prefers a long shot), Sir Lucius asks what arrangements he should make for Acres if he dies. Acres has apparently not thought about this possibility. He does not like to think about either being pickled or lying in the Abbey.

Sir Lucius coaches Acres on how to stand to take his rival's shots. He recommends facing the opponent full on so the bullet has less chance of hitting a vital organ. All of this talk of final arrangements and vital organs makes Acres increasingly nervous. As Faulkland and Absolute approach, Acres feels his valor sneaking off.

Acres is surprised to see his friends Jack and Faulkland and wonders where Beverly is. Sir Lucius assumes that...

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