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By J.B. Priestley

The Heinemann performs sequence bargains modern drama and vintage performs in sturdy lecture room variants. during this play an inspector interrupts a celebration to enquire a girl's suicide, and implicates all of the party-makers in her loss of life.

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Willmore’s consciousness is affected by the late seventeenth-century financial revolution in which new forms of commodification, especially the creation of shares, fractional interests, and contingent and future interests were strange novelties. English shipping, for instance, crucial to the growth of trade and empire, operated by allowing investors to pool resources so that they could buy fractional shares in ships; eights, sixteenths, or thirtyseconds were bought by groups of male friends like those Willmore proposes as sharers in Angellica.

Not trusting Sir Timothy with a property so valuable as Charlot, Wilding takes the precaution of substituting Diana, the mistress he has been keeping for three years, for the heiress. As written, the statute protects a man who has the heiress’s consent, but Behn was correct to think that its real point was to protect the family property and that women who might have given some degree of consent could be induced by family members to say that they had not. Believing that he is talking to Charlot, although he is really talking to Diana, Sir Timothy attempts to persuade her to marry him and brushes aside her protests that she has already pledged her ‘Faith and Troth’ to Wilding.

3 Poor relief was parish based, supported by local poor rates, and administered by local overseers. 4 In case of need, everyone had a legal right to subsistence from his or her local parish, entitlement to food, shelter, and medical care. Among the most important duties of parish officers was to attend to the support of illegitimate, abandoned, or otherwise needy infants and children. Then as now, the cost of supporting children born outside of marriage and of women with dependent children was a significant expense for taxpayers.

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