A tragedy in blank verse by Lillo, first produced in 1736. It is based on an old story of a Cornish murder, but its plot is archetypal and appears in many literatures; Lillo's version influenced the German ‘fate‐drama’.
Old Wilmot, under stress of poverty and urged by his wife, murders a stranger who has deposited a casket with them, only to find the victim is his son, supposed lost in a shipwreck.
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George Lillo (1693—1739) playwright