The School for Scandal
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Here is a classic comedy of manners, a tale of gossip and deception that resonates as deeply with modern readers as it did in eighteenth-century society. Set in elite London, the play is filled with snide, backstabbing characters whose primary purpose is to create mischief and undermine the virtue of the few honest characters. The appropriately named Lady Sneerwell (aided by her servant Snake) attempts to break up the relationship between Charles and Maria through forged letters. Sneerwell wants Charles for herself and is willing to do almost anything to get him, including collaborating with Charles’ hypocritical brother Joseph. Meanwhile, another love triangle develops between Sir Peter Teazle, his new bride Lady Teazle, and Joseph. Lady Teazle has entered into an affair with Joseph, and tension mounts as rumors of his wife’s infidelity reach Sir Peter. Though the play offers us a comedic and unifying conclusion, Sheridan manages at the same time to illuminate a world dominated by gossip in which truth and fiction are very much alike.
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Opening Lines (Experimental)
BY R. B. SHERIDAN, ESQ.
Needs there a school this modish art to teach you?
We might as well be taught to eat and drink.
Crave what you will--there's quantum sufficit.
Strong tea and scandal--"Bless me, how refreshing!
Give me the papers, Lisp--how bold and free! [Sips.]
LAST NIGHT LORD L. [Sips] ...
Reviewed by Hira on Aug 27, 2008
I finished this 'comic play 'last month.This is an excellent piece of art.The way details of life and fashion of that age are pictured are undoubtedly great.There are lot of witty and humourous scenes in the play.Almost all characters are witty.Mrs.Sneerwell and her Scandalous group could destroy reputation of anyone acquainted with them,Charles reputation and scandals about his affair with Lady Teazle proved fake.Charles,Joseph and Lady Sneerwell was seen in true colors at the end.Dialogues were excellent in this hilarious comedy.In short, in any society and age ,i think,Scandals can ruin one's peaceful life.Many relations and relative get apart because of poor scandals against them and it was "Scandal" which drifted true lovers Charles and Maria.
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