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Written by Robbin
(3/10/2007 9:26 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mrs Inchbald's verdict, penned by JulieW
Mrs Inchbald was not completely kind to the Rivals, especially when compared to the School for Scandal but as I have not read the second I cannot say and would not argue. She seems to have been offended by Mrs. Malapropís deficiencies and how that will reflect on her generation of women; that is the only point I have real issue, future generations shall naturally suppose the author drew men and women exactly as he found them. This is a comedy and I do not know why people would assume that or she thinks they would; maybe because of the association of the play with RBSís life or perhaps she did not like a women of Mrs. Malapropís situation being a joke? I did not assume all women in the eighteenth century were like Mrs. Malaprop in her eloquence and I think even if I had not the benefit of RoP I still would not have done so; in either case Englishwomen of yesteryear would still have my general esteem and some my very particular affection. ;D
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