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The Way of the World

William Congreve

Summary and Analysis Epilogue

Summary

Spoken by Mrs. Bracegirdle, who played Millamant, the epilogue only makes conventional points: the essential inadequacy of critics who decry plays without knowledge, and the statement that the characters are fictitious, and no individual is represented; the satire is universal, for

So poets oft do in one piece expose
Whole belles assemblees of coquettes and beaux.