Theatre: Restoration Frolic

¶ Married women show all their modesty the first day, because married men show all their love the first day.

¶ Good wives and private soldiers should be ignorant.

¶ Ay, women are apt to tell before the intrigue, as men after it, and so show themselves the vainer sex.

¶ Women of quality are so civil, you can hardly distinguish love from good breeding.

Witticisms, gibes, jokes and epigrams like these, some of which still have currency in the theatre with only superficial changes, are packed by the score into The Country Wife,...

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