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The Old Debauchees. A Comedy

Henry Fielding

Book Overview: 

Young Laroon plans to marry Isabel, but Father Martin manipulates Isabel's father, Jourdain, in order to seduce Isabel. However, other characters, including both of the Laroons, try to manipulate Jourdain for their own ends; they accomplish it through disguising themselves as priests and using his guilt to convince him of what they say. As Father Martin pursues Isabel, she is clever enough to realize what is happening and plans her own trap. After catching him and exposing his lust, Father Martin is set to be punished. (Summary by Wikipedia)

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Villany!

Isa. Unheard of till this Moment I dare swear.

Old Lar. Out of which Number there are at present nine Countesses, three Dutchesses, and a Queen, who owe their Liberty and their Promotion to this Arm.

 

SCENE III.

Old Laroon, Young Laroon, Isabel, Beatrice.

Old Lar. You are a fine Spark truly to let your Father visit your Mistress before you—'Sdeath! I believe you are no Son of mine. Where have you been, Sir? What have you been doing, Sir, hey?

Y. Lar. Sir, I have been at my Devotions.

Old Lar. At your Devotions! nay, then you are no Son of mine, that's certain. Is not this the Shrine you are to offer up at, Sirrah! Is not here the Altar you are to officiate at?—Sirrah! you have no Blood of mine in you. I believe you are the Bastard of some travelling English Alderman, and must have come into the World with a Custard in your Mouth.

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Community Reviews

This play, written in three acts, probably causes quite a stir in its day. I’ve read Shamela and years ago Tom Jones so I was expecting something spicy. This play provided that and more. When one compares it to Twenty-first Century literature it might only seem suggestive but in the Eighteenth Ce...more

Wow. I thought this would be really hard to read, but it actually read really fast. It's a play about an amorous priest who tries to convince a girl to wait for a visitation from the spirit instead of getting married, the idea being he'd "visit." In classic comedic fashion, the tables are turned,...more

Leitura rápida, é uma peça que cutuca de forma bem humorada certos vícios . Vale a leitura ;)

My first Fielding. I read him primarily because he was one that Austen would have read. But this was entertaining. I'd like to read more.