Stock tropes Flirtations, intrigues, letters, mistakes
Verbal duels Beaumine and Lesbia Miranda and Constant Beaumine and Miranda
PairingsPairings Miranda and Constant Lesbia and Beaumine Lucilia and Phillomell Miranda and Beaumine Lesbia and Grandfoy
B eaumine: We are all false alike in love, tis clear, He that dissembles best is most sincere. (II.i.254– 255) Libertinism
Two views set forth, one by Phillabell and one by Beaumine: I.ii.18–46; 114–130; 141–144 (pp.596–598)
Risks to reputation Debauching servants Ill-considered letters Listening to men
The Humane Libertine How does Beaumine compare with Horner and Willmore?
MarriageMarriage Deceit fatal/deceit necessary: L esbia: Cheating in all other cases may be only playing the knave, but any deceit in marriage must be egregiously playing the fool, when the very injury we do gives the power of revenging it. (II.i.97–104) Lucilia: Who can condemn this harmless artifice? (V.ii.162–163)
For discussion What does this play say about the institution of marriage? How does it compare with other plays we have read?