The Rivals Quotes

A number of quotes I have collected for the OCR A2 exam paper, especially to compare with The Wife of Bath. 

  • The quotes cover most of the following subjects:       
  •   Marriage, courtship
  • ·         Wealth/status/money
  • ·         Representations of class
  • ·         Perception & deception
  • ·         Women and power, feminism
  • ·         Gender roles
  • ·         Class
  • ·         Misogyny/anti-feminism
  • ·         Age & beauty
  • ·         Manipulation and lying
  • ·         Language
  • ·         Subversion of convention
  • ·         Comedy/humour
  • ·         Contradictory characters
  • ·         Education
  • ·         Inheritance
  • ·         The battle of the sexes
  • ·         Honour/valour/gentillesse 
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  • Created on: 15-04-14 13:09
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The Rivals
"A female council in a female cause"- Prologue
Act 1 Scene 1- used to show fashion and conventions of Bath; servants and class used as a
vehicle to introduce key characters.
"But has she got the stuff? Is she rich?"- Thomas
"What the devil you do with a wig, Thomas? None of the London whips of any degree of ton
wear wigs now."- Fag
Act 1 Scene 2- Satire relies on knowledge of the audience.
"My smelling bottle, you simpleton!"- Lydia.
"We had never had a quarrel, and, somehow, I was afraid he would never give me an
opportunity."- Lydia. Shows her to be capricious
"And that is what I have been determined to do, ever since I knew the penalty."- Lydia-
Lydia's fortune linked to his viability as a potential husband.
"I would never think of giving my heart to a man because he could swim!"- Lydia
"He select words so ingeniously misapplied, without being mispronounced."- Julia on Mrs
"Put The Innocent Adultery into the Whole Duty of man"- Lydia.
"Thought does not become a young woman."- Mrs Malaprop.
"There is nothing on earth so easy as to forget, if a person choses to set about it."- Mrs
"'Tis safest in matrimony to begin with a little aversion."- Mrs Malaprop.
"A circulating library in a town is as an evergreen tree of diabolical knowledge."- Sir Anthony.
"I would have her instructed in geometry, that she might know something of the contagious
countries."- Mrs Malaprop- Women more constrained than in WOB?
"If you betray what you are entrusted with, unless it be other people's secrets to me, you
forfeit my malevolence for ever."- Mrs Malaprop.
Act 2 Scene 1
"I `honest Thomas'- you know, sir, one says honest to one's inferiors."- Fag
"What, and lose two thirds of her fortune?"- Absolute on eloping with Lydia.
"If the wind be keen, some rude blast may have affected her."- Faulkland.
"You see she has been all mirth and song; not a thought of me!" Faulkland.
"I should say I should not have regarded a minuet ­ but country-dances!"- Faulkland.
"She could never abide me in the country because I used to dress so badly."- Acres on Lydia.
"The fortune is saddled with a wife."- Sir Anthony
"If you have the estate, you must take it with the livestock on it, as it stands."- Sir Anthony.
"The lady shall be as ugly as I choose... Yet I'll make you ogle her all day, and sit up all night to
write sonnets on her beauty."- Sir Anthony.
"To revenge one's self on another, who happens to come in the way is the vilest injustice!"-
Act 3 Scene 1
"An obstinate, passionate, self-willed boy! Who can he take after?"- Sir Anthony.
"When I ran away with your mother, I would not have touched old or ugly to gain an empire."
Sir Anthony hypercritically criticizing Jack's life choices.
Act 3 Scene 2- Julia carries the moral weight of the play and stands for good nature and
"I am ever ungenerously fretful, and madly capricious!"- Faulkland
"I never can be happy in your absence."- Julia

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How little resolution there is in woman!"- Faulkland.
Act 3 Scene 3
"If I can reprehend anything in this world, it is the use of my oracular tongue and a nice
derangement of epitaphs."- Mrs Malaprop.
"O come to me, rich only thus- in loveliness." ­ Absolute using hyperbole.
"She's as headstrong as an allegory on the banks of Nile."- Mrs Malaprop.
Act 3 Scene 4- Duelling going out of fashion.…read more


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