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[[ Read Epub ]] ó She Stoops to Conquer ë This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world s literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work I listened to an audio performance of this play, knowing very little about it or the author going in It was a pleasant surprise She Stoops to Conquer has aged well, and, I feel, should be studied alongside Austen.The play predates Austen by about 30 years, but it fills in a lot of the gaps in Austen s work She rarely acknowledges servants or employees of any kind, while this play highlights, if not the people themselves, how the gentry treated them.Marlow is a painfully shy young man, off to I listened to an audio performance of this play, knowing very little about it or the author going in It was a pleasant surprise She Stoops to Conquer has aged well, and, I feel, should be studied alongside Austen.The play predates Austen by about 30 years, but it fills in a lot of the gaps in Austen s work She rarely acknowledges servants or employees of any kind, while this play highlights, if not the people themselves, how the gentry treated them.Marlow is a painfully shy young man, off to meet Kate Hardcastle, the girl his father hopes he ll marry He s accompanied by his friend Hastings, who s in love with Constance Neville, a ward of the Hardcastle family On their way to the house, Marlow and Hastings get lost, and Tony, the stepson of Mr Hardcastle, tells them the house is really an inn Marlow is muchcomfortable talking to servants and barmaids, but his behavior is baffling to Mr Hardcastle It allows Kate to see another side of her suitor, though, and she keeps up the pretense to draw him out.Marlow s behavior toward the Hardcastle family is truly appalling, but all is forgiven when the mistake is uncovered It goes to show how differently servants were treated in so called polite society Anyone who wants to resurrect the Napoleonic attitudes needs to realize the vast majority of us are people who work for a living, and are therefore subject to being treated like we re subhuman The scandals in Austen s work where people fall in love with those below their station is mucheasily understood, in this context.Marlow, who s considered the very model of a gentleman, tries to proposition Kate as a prostitute, and is confused to be rebuffed Her distance and objections are seen as flirtation, and he assumes she can t possibly mean no when she says it It simply doesn t occur to him that a simple barmaid wouldn t want to sleep around.L.A Theatre Works, who recorded this production, includes the sounds of an audience Though the audience often found remarks uproarious, I found very little to laugh about in this play It s sharply satirical, and a comedy in the classical sense, in that nobody dies and there s a happily ever after But, I found the playeye opening than funny Maybe if I werefamiliar with the context, as audiences of the time would ve been, I would ve laughed.The performance was a good one It sounded like a stage production, well acted by professionals The inclusion of James Marsters in the cast certainly added to my decision to pick this up, but the others were also excellent This play is really unique because even though it uses 18th century language, it s pretty easy to understand, and really funny I didn t think I d actually laugh out loud, but I did Some parts needed reading twice to understand, but that was fine A very enjoyable read A Question of Class24 July 2017 What is it with romantic comedies I grab a book from a second hand bookshop containing some comedies from times past, and of the fours, plays three of them are romantic comedies Okay, the other compilation of comedies that I had was a little better, but with regards to this collection I m sort of a little disappointed that the only comedy that I can appreciate namely isn t some comedy of errors surrounding mistaken identities between lovers is a play by Ben Jo A Question of Class24 July 2017 What is it with romantic comedies I grab a book from a second hand bookshop containing some comedies from times past, and of the fours, plays three of them are romantic comedies Okay, the other compilation of comedies that I had was a little better, but with regards to this collection I m sort of a little disappointed that the only comedy that I can appreciate namely isn t some comedy of errors surrounding mistaken identities between lovers is a play by Ben Jonson Well, maybe we have Shakespeare to thank since pretty much all of his comedies generally fall into that category and some of them are pretty sickening when I think about it You ve probably guessed by now that I m not one for romantic comedies I d have to say that I mof a Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels type of guy than, say, Pretty Woman or some such Okay, there are some romantic comedies out there that I have liked, such as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, but then I really didn t particularly find that funny, which is another thing why is it that when you have a film that is basically a romance you have to throw the word comedy next to it even though there isn t actually one funny line in the entire script So, that brings us to the story of She Stoops to Conquer Okay, sure, it s a romantic comedy, but at least it is clever in its construction and simply doesn t fall into the category of boy meets girl, boy looses girl, and boy gets girl back and everybody dances off and gets married and sing happy songs while Malvolio ends up rotting in a pit somewhere Okay, everything does end up working out well in the end, but I d hardly call it a spoiler since we pretty much are expecting that the moment we sit in our seats with a bottle of craft beer and the curtain rises for the act, with one exception this play actually isn t performed all that much, or at least where I tend to drift about Then again, I suspect that maybe I wouldn t be rushing out to actually see this play in a hurry, namely because it is a romantic comedy and they really don t do all that much for me Well, let us consider this one though our hero has this problem in that he simply is not able to communicate with high class girls, so he ends up going after lower class women such as maids However, there is a young lady that is interested in him, so to grab his attention she pretends to be a maid, only to discover that the world of the lower classes is pretty horrifying to a woman from a high born social group This I can easily understand, particularly when it comes to me intermingling with Christians and I m not talking about those over zealous, fundamentalist Christians either, I m talking about average middle class people who happen to be Christian The thing is that like it or not our world is divided into various social classes, and while we might pretend that we live in this so called classless society, in reality we don t For instance bankers and bricklayers simply do not mix, nor do fashion designers and engineers while they may not necessarily be of a different class in the sense of aristocratic or working class, they still exist in a class of their own, which brings me to the point with regards to Christians most of them are university educated middle class people Okay, I m technically middle class, and I m also university educated, but I come from a vastly different background to what many of them have come from In fact I remember when I was in university most of them simply hung around in their own little clique, and rarely stepped outside of it to actually see what was going on I didn t stay within the clique I ended up walking out of it into a completely different social group, and saw and did things that would make people s head spin unless of course you were in a similar group Yet, when I wandered back I discovered something quite surprising they were economically and politically conservative, and I was completely the opposite In fact most of the people in the finance industry are economically conservative, which is probably why I don t really mix all that well It seems as if I, as usual, have drifted far away from the original premise of this play, but then again I probably haven t In a way it has some similarities to the first part of Henry IV, though I don t think anybody was actually chasing young Harry around the inn, it is just that, like our hero in this play, young Harry finds himself associating with people not really of his class 4.5 2020 reread just what I needed today 2016 reread I still think that this play needs to be seen to fully appreciate it but I liked this audiobook recording of a live performance It was easier to listen to this time I have hadpractice and thus I found it even funnier than when I heard it a few years ago May 2014 review4.5 stars This full cast audiobook was a fun way to revisit one of my favorite Restoration comedies However, I did find that some of 4.5 2020 reread just what I needed today 2016 reread I still think that this play needs to be seen to fully appreciate it but I liked this audiobook recording of a live performance It was easier to listen to this time I have hadpractice and thus I found it even funnier than when I heard it a few years ago May 2014 review4.5 stars This full cast audiobook was a fun way to revisit one of my favorite Restoration comedies However, I did find that some of the humor was a bit harder to visualize listening rather than reading