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Kaul about Jack
'Unequivocal hero of the drama... (Jack) becomes the positive of this culture. He knows what he wants and also knows how to get it.'
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Kaul about Sheridan and women
'Sheridan is concerned with nothing less than the problem of a woman's freedom in a society that looks upon women as property and upon marriage as a business transaction'
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Simon Reade on stereotypes
'Sheridan pushes the stereotypes of the plays and societies of the time to the extreme'
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Morwood and Crone about rivalry
'The important rivalry here...is between the foolishness of the old and the absurdities of the young'
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J.Stylan about line of power
'Sir Anthony scolds his son, Captain Absolute, who in turn scolds his servant Fag, who in turn abuses the errand boy.. who has no one to kick, of course'
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Maybank on Faulkland
'Contradictory self, struggling to manage his moods in society'
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J.Loftis on Lydia
'Sheridan depicts the absurd fantasies of a girl whose head has been turned by reading novels'
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Maybank on the play
'The play encapsulates a moment where we can discern a shift away from seeing human behaviour as a set of codes in a world where nothing is private'
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Geoffrey Himes on servants
'The autocrats may be helpless fools, but the servants are as savvy as they are knowledgeable'
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Simon Reade on Sheridan
'His itinerant parents neglected him as a boy'
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'Sheridan is concerned with nothing less than the problem of a woman's freedom in a society that looks upon women as property and upon marriage as a business transaction'

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Kaul about Sheridan and women

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'Sheridan pushes the stereotypes of the plays and societies of the time to the extreme'

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'The important rivalry here...is between the foolishness of the old and the absurdities of the young'

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'Sir Anthony scolds his son, Captain Absolute, who in turn scolds his servant Fag, who in turn abuses the errand boy.. who has no one to kick, of course'

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