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Written by Arnie Perlstein
(2/27/2007 12:11 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The Prologues, penned by Cheryl
The footnotes also indicate that "this form" in the 7th line of the Prologue refers to "the figure of Comedy depicted on one side of the stage" and "their favourite" in the lines you quotes refers to "the figure of Tragedy depicted on the other side of the stage".
So obviously the speaker of the Prologue would gesture appropriately.
As for what those last 4 lines mean, they are very cryptic to me as well, even with those footnotes. It seems as if Sheridan is suggesting that this play has elements of Comedy AND Tragedy, but beyond that, I can't see why the tragic aspect would be subject to oppression, and why it would hate guilt.
Maybe someone else can decode those lines, somehow I don't think Sheridan intended to bewilder his audience right before the play itself began! ;)
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