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Recruiting officer (New Mermaid) : New Mermaids - George Farquhar

Recruiting officer (New Mermaid)

New Mermaids

Paperback Published: 5th September 2000
ISBN: 9780713633498
Number Of Pages: 196

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Farquhar's last two plays, The Recruiting Officer and The Beaux' Stratagem, have been called 'the last worthwhile comedies of the Restoration tradition'. Written during Farquhar's stint in Shrewsbury as part of a recruiting mission in 1704-5, The Recruiting Officer is a buoyant, whimsical piece stocked by a fairly conventional cast of characters: the rake-hero and his spirited lady (who dons breeches in the course of the action), his sober friend and the heroine's serious friend, the buffoon/coxcomb and his ill-fated amorous or heroic ventures. What makes the play entertaining is Farquhar's light, humane touch; what makes it original is his depiction of a real-life provincial town and the impact that ongoing warfare (in this case the War of the Spanish Succession) had on its civilian society.

Acknowledgementsp. vi
Introductionp. vii
About the Playp. vii
A Summary of the Plotp. viii
Genrep. ix
Structurep. x
Themesp. xii
Characters: Menp. xv
Characters: Womenp. xvii
Original Stagingp. xvii
Recent Performance Historyp. xix
A Note on the Textp. xxi
Date and Sourcesp. xxiii
The Authorp. xxiv
Further Readingp. xxvii
Abbreviationsp. xxix
The Recruiting Officerp. 1
Epistle Dedicatoryp. 3
Dramatis Personaep. 6
The Prologuep. 7
The Playp. 9
Epiloguep. 145
Appendix: The Songsp. 147
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ISBN: 9780713633498
ISBN-10: 0713633492
Series: New Mermaids
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 196
Published: 5th September 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 12.6  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.2
Edition Number: 1