The beggar's opera: As it is acted at the Theatre-Royal in Lincolns-Inn-Fields, Volume 4

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Printed for J. Watts, 1728 - Drama - 46 pages

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Meh. I wanted to like it more than I actually did, perhaps I didn't because generally plays and books that are from that time period I rarely find easy reads. I did however love everything by Moliere ... Read full review

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I want to give this play a high score simply because of it's context and content, and as it is one of the only satirical operas that has survived from the early 18th Century should also give this play ... Read full review

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Page 2 - A lazy Dog! When I took him the time before, I told him what he would come to if he did not mend his Hand. This is Death without Reprieve. I may venture to Book him. [writes] For Tom Gagg, forty Pounds.
Page 27 - The town perhaps hath been as much obliged to me, for recruiting it with free-hearted ladies, as to any recruiting officer in the army. If it were not for us, and the other gentlemen of the sword, DruryLane would be uninhabited. AIR xxi — Would you have a young virgin, etc.
Page 12 - How the Mother is to be pitied who hath handsome Daughters! Locks, Bolts, Bars, and Lectures of Morality are nothing to them: They break through them all.
Page 12 - Let not your anger, my dear, break through the rules of decency, for the captain looks upon himself in the military capacity, as a gentleman by his profession.
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Page 34 - I promised the wench marriage. What signifies a promise to a woman ? Does not man in marriage itself promise a hundred things that he never means to perform ? Do all we can, women will believe us; for they look upon a promise as an excuse for following their own inclinations.
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Page 54 - What do you mean, Matt? — Sure you will not think of meddling with him! — He's a good honest kind of a fellow, and one of us.

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