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Written by Cheryl
(2/27/2007 11:37 a.m.)
I find these Prologues both interesting and puzzling. They were spoken by actors in the play, but not as any characters in the play. It looks to be basically a "here's the play - please like us" kind of statement.
But in light of the disastrous opening night, I thought these bits from the closing stanza of the first Prologue to be quite ironic:
"No spleen is here! I see no hoarded fury;—
Oh dear. No wonder Sheridan rewrote the Prologue. ;-)
I thought it interesting that he mentioned a character from the first Prologue in the second:
"Granted our cause, our suit and trial o’er,
I also laughed when he mentioned the actors in the Prologue. But I'm not quite getting what Sheridan is talking about here in the last four lines:
"For here their favourite stands, whose brow severe
Anyone got any ideas?
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