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Written by JulieW
(3/5/2007 6:35 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The duels, penned by Cheryl
I think it illlustrates still that Sir Lucius is the kind of man ready to pick a fight over nothing( though Jack does seem to admit that they have met prior to the invitation to duel-"Harkee sir Lucius,if I had not before known you to be a gentleman, upon my soul, I should not have discovered it at this interview" ) ...but by giving him a spurious sense of national honour in this version of the play the whole character of Sir Lucius was not so objectionable to the audience.
And they did find the orginal Sir Lucius very objectionable indeed and the play full of prejudice against the Irish.
The Morning Post for the 21st january 1775 contined this invective against the play, signed by 'A BRITON":
..it is the first time I ever rememberd to have seen so villanous a portrait of an Irish Gentleman permitted so openly to insult that country upon the boards of an English theatre.
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