The Way of the World - Study Guide Act 2, Scene 2 Summary & Analysis

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In this scene, we see Mrs. Fainall and Mirabell discussing their previous relationship. Mrs. Fainall says that she despises her husband and she only married him because Mirabell made her. Mirabell says that he only told her to marry Fainall to protect her reputation in case she got pregnant during her affair with Mirabell. He adds that they have chosen Fainall to be their dupe because he had a good reputation, and that he is a liar and a cheat. He also tells her that if she is tired of him "you know your remedy" (presumably a divorce).

Mrs. Fainall says that she has done a lot for him, and he notes that he has told her about all his plans and schemes. Mrs. Fainall asks about the plan once more, and Mirabell reveals that his servant Waitwell will pretend to be a...

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