A Bold Stroke for a Wife: A Comedy

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proprietors, under the direction of John Bell, British Library, Strand, Bookseller to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, 1797 - English drama - 101 pages
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The characters really make the play rather than the other way around. Read full review

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An 18th Century comedy that has languished in obscurity for far too long in my opinion. I enjoyed reading this and would love to see it performed on stage. Read full review

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Page 78 - you. Trade. Or, pore over you through a microscope, to see how your blood circulates from the crown of your head to the sole of your foot ha, ha ! but I have a husband for you, a man that knows how to improve your fortune ; one that trades to the four corners of the globe.
Page 13 - Well, may you be in raptures, sir for here, here, here they both come. Enter BELINDA, and CLARISSA. Bev. Grace was in all her steps ; heav'n in her eye; In every gesture dignity and love.
Page 46 - Per. Why here, just where I was. Sack, Where, where, in the name of virtue? Ah, poor Mr. Periwinkle!—Egad, look to't, you had best, sir; and let him be seen again, or I shall have you burnt for a wizard. Col. Have patience, good landlord. Per. But really don't you see me now
Page 53 - I am not fond of; for though I may fright him out of his consent, he may fright me out of my life, when he discovers me, as he certainly must in the end. Free. No, no, I have a plot for you without danger, but first we must manage Tradelove—Has the taylor brought your clothes
Page 41 - Col. John Tradescant! Let me embrace you, sir— John Tradescant was my uncle, by my mother's side; and I thank you for the honour you do his memory ; he was a very curious man indeed. Per. Your uncle, sir Nay, then 'tis no wonder that your taste is so refined ; why you have it in your
Page 49 - thing of my ward. Col. Your ward! Per. To be plain with you, sir, I am one of those four guardians. Col. Are you indeed, sir ? I am transported to find the man who is to possess this Moros Musphonon is a person of so curious a taste—Here is a writing drawn
Page 19 - dress upon me at these years? When I was a child, no matter what they made me wear, but now Betty. I would resolve against it, madam; I'd see 'em hang'd before I'd put on the pinch'd cap again. that I sha'n't have the right use of them this month What can
Page 18 - tell ; but I shall take my measures accordingly. Sack. Well, 'tis a mad undertaking in my mind: but here's to your success, colonel. [Drinks, Col. 'Tis something out of the way, I confess ; but fortune may chance to smile, and I succeed.—Come, landlord, let me see those clothes. Freeman, I shall
Page 95 - Now, I think thou art a fine fellow to be left guardian to an orphan — Thou shallow brain'd shuttlecock, he may be a pickpocket for ought thou dost know. Per. You would have been two rare fellows to have been trusted with the sole management of her fortune, would ye not, think ye
Page 93 - Col. No really, sir, I only make bold with this gentleman's name but I here give it up safe and sound ; it has done the business which I had occasion for, and now I intend to wear my own, which shall be at his service upon the same occasion at any time. Ha, ha,

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