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Social comedy by Royall Tyler, produced in 1787 and published in 1790.

Maria is affianced by her American father, Van Rough, to wealthy Billy Dimple, Anglomaniac disciple of Chesterfield. Colonel Manly, a serious-minded Revolutionary officer, loves Maria but honorably forswears her. Losing his fortune by gambling, Dimple decides to break with Maria and marry the wealthy Letitia. When Van Rough discovers Dimple's duplicity he favors the officer's suit. Letitia spurns Dimple when he is discovered flirting with another girl. The subplot is concerned with Jonathan, Manly's servant, whose homespun shrewdness is contrasted with the wiliness of the popinjay Jessamy, servant of Dimple.

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Royall Tyler (1757—1826)

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