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A Bold Stroke for a Wife


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A comedy by Mrs Centlivre, produced 1718.

Colonel Fainall, to win the consent of Obadiah Prim, the Quaker guardian of Anne Lovely, to his marriage with the latter, impersonates Simon Pure, ‘a quaking preacher’. No sooner has he obtained it than the true Quaker arrives and proves himself ‘the real Simon Pure’, a phrase that was long in common use.

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Susanna Centlivre (c. 1667—1723) playwright and actress


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