The Rivals - Epilogue Summary & Analysis

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Epilogue Summary

The epilogue addresses the place of love in life. No matter what the stage, the verse says, "love gilds the scene and women guide the plot." The final line of the epilogue says that it is love, not knowledge that improves life.

Epilogue Analysis

Sheridan uses verse for his short epilogue. He again emphasizes that the point of the play was not to teach or inform, but to entertain. "Man's social happiness all rest on us," is his answer to the play's moral. He expresses that on the dramatic stage or the stage of life, love dictates the action.

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