Lady of Pleasure

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A comedy by J. Shirley, acted 1635, printed 1637.

In the central plot Lady Bornwell is cured of her desire to live a life of thoughtless pleasure, partly by the discovery of the worthlessness of her foppish suitors and partly by her husband's pretence that he too means to live extravagantly. The relationship between Sir Thomas and Lady Bornwell may, according to G. E. Bentley, have influenced Sheridan's portrayal of the Teazles in The School for Scandal.

Subjects: Literary Studies (Plays and Playwrights).

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James Shirley (1596—1666) playwright and poet

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