the way of his world

the way of his world

The Way of the World

by
William Congreve
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The Way of the World
Introduction....................................................................................................................... 3
Prologue ............................................................................................................................. 6
Dramatis Personae ............................................................................................................ 8
ACT I.................................................................................................................................. 9
ACT II .............................................................................................................................. 24
ACT III ............................................................................................................................ 40
ACT IV............................................................................................................................. 58
ACT V .............................................................................................................................. 75
Epilogue ........................................................................................................................... 90

Introduction
Audire est operae pretium, prcedere recte
Qui maechis non vultis.--HOR. Sat. i. 2, 37.
- Metuat doti deprensa.--Ibid.
TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE RALPH, EARL OF MOUNTAGUE, ETC.
My Lord,--Whether the world will arraign me of vanity or not, that I have presumed to
dedicate this comedy to your lordship, I am yet in doubt; though, it may be, it is some
degree of vanity even to doubt of it. One who has at any time had the honour of your
lordship's conversation, cannot be supposed to think very meanly of that which he would
prefer to your perusal. Yet it were to incur the imputation of too much sufficiency to
pretend to such a merit as might abide the test of...

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