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A tragi‐comedy by Dryden produced 1672, published 1673.

The main plot concerns a usurper's discovery that his daughter and his (lawful) predecessor's son have been secretly reared together in rural seclusion, and have fallen idealistically in love. The comic plot is a double intrigue involving two friends and their pursuit respectively of the wife of the one and the betrothed of the other. The counterpointing of these contrasting plots is striking, as each ends anti‐climactically, the lawful heir being restored to his throne and the adulterous lovers failing to consummate their affairs. The play contains some of Dryden's finest songs.

Subjects: Literary Studies (Plays and Playwrights).

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John Dryden (1631—1700) poet, playwright, and critic

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