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She Stoops to Conquer

She Stoops to Conquer

by Oliver Goldsmith, Trevor Griffiths
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The action of She Stoops to Conquer (1773) is largely confined to a night and a day in Squire Hardcastle's somewhat dilapidated country house: Young Marlow, on his way there to meet the bride his father has chosen for him, loses his way and arrives at the house assuming it is an inn. The prospect of meeting the genteel Miss Hardcastle terrifies the diffident youngster; but the serving-girl Kate - in fact, Miss Hardcastle, who chooses not to clarify the misunderstanding - immediately catches his fancy and cannot complain of a lack of ardour in her well-born suitor. After a series of trifling confusions and the inevitable eavesdropping-from-behind-a-screen, all is resolved so pleasingly that the comedy has been a favourite with amateur and professional companies and their audiences for over 230 years.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781854594419
Publisher: Theatre Communications Group
Publication date: 09/01/2000
Series: Nick Hern Books Drama Classics Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 992,462
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.30(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Oliver Goldsmith (1730-1774) was an Anglo-Irish novelist, playwright and poet, who is best known for his novel The Vicar of Wakefield, his pastoral poem The Deserted Village, and his plays The Good-Natur'd Man and She Stoops to Conquer. He also wrote An History of the Earth and Animated Nature. He is thought to have written the classic children's tale The History of Little Goody Two-Shoes, the source of the phrase "goody two-shoes".

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She Stoops to Conquer 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
iamthepixiechick More than 1 year ago
I have read this play several times, each time opening new doors in my mind. Much like Shakespeare's Twelfth Night or Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, this is a comedy of errors---although the errors are not drastic in She Stoops to Conquer. The first time it is read or performed, it is easy to remember it only as a simple comedy. Rereading it is a joy. The characters that at first seemed typical and simple theater tools, become tangible as you realize that they are reflections of something truer. The introduction by Trevor Griffiths is enlightening. Trevor Griffiths presents illuminating insight on the characters and symbolism, extensive understanding of the time period, and the risky nature of Oliver Goldsmiths comedy endeavor. The book and characters are endearing to me. May they be so to you as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is clear that the nature of humanbeing is concerned with it is place, situation, and century.this drama tell us about the culture of brititsh soceity in 18th century, might be in general! Gold smith interested in love in his drama;but which kind of love,shy lover Marlow,and kate who is realy a heroin in this dramma, are the symbol of two couple. in british society in 18th century the responsibilty in marriage is under the controle of their parents. perhaps mutual understanding has a great role between the two couples.kates stabilty is deserved to respect, because she is a unique character in reality she gives us a good strange behavior. kate is an example of praiseness a beutiful symbol of equality in British society because her ability proves a hiden love of shy lover Marlow .