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|I think you're right about setting the tone...
Written by Arnie Perlstein
(2/28/2007 8:19 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, "Polishing" Thomas(Act I,scene i), penned by JulieW
..of the scene, and would take it one step further, and observe that this fits (like a good wig?) with the theme of disguise that Cheryl suggested in another thread--toupees today are about one sort of disguise, i.e., to disguise a man's age, but in Sheridan's time, wigs were, as you point out, oblique statements as to the social class to which a man belonged.
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