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ISBN: 0-486-40433-1Издательство: Dover Publications, Inc.
Год издания: 2003
During a brief but brilliant literary career, Irish-born dramatist and statesman Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816) wrote cleverly plotted plays that revealed his nimble wit and keen eye for comic situations. Two of them - `The School for Scandal` and `The Rivals` - are among the funniest in the English language. `The Rivals`, brimming with false identities and with romantic entanglements carried on amid a cloud of parental disapproval, satirizes the pretentiousness and sentimentality of the age. It features a cast of memorable characters, among them the lovely Lydia Languish, whose pretty head has been filled with nonsense from romantic novels; Capt. Jack Absolute, a young officer in love with Lydia; Sir Anthony Absolute, Jack`s autocratic father; Sir Lucius O`Trigger, a fiery Irishman; and Jack`s provincial neighbor, Bob Acres, a bumptious but lovable country squire also in love with Lydia. Hoping to win Lydia`s affection, Captain Jack woos the pretty miss by...