The first comedy of Congreve, produced 1693. Heartwell, a ‘surly old pretended woman‐hater’ falls in love with Silvia, not knowing her to be the forsaken mistress of Vainlove, and is inveigled into marrying her, only discovering her true character afterwards. But the marriage proves to have been a pretence conducted by Bellmour, disguised as a parson in order to carry on an intrigue with the young wife of old Fondlewife.
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William Congreve (1670—1729) playwright and poet