William Wycherley


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William Wycherley (c. 1640 – 31 December 1715) was an English dramatist of the Restoration period, best known for the plays The Country Wife and The Plain Dealer.

He was born at Clive, Shropshire near Shrewsbury, where his family was settled on a moderate estate of about £600 a year. Like John Vanbrugh, Wycherley spent some years of his adolescence in France, where he was sent, at ... more »

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  • ''A mistress should be like a little country retreat near the town, not to dwell in constantly, but only for a night and away.''
    William Wycherley (1640-1716), British dramatist. repr. In Plays of William Wycherley, ed. W.C. Ward (1888). Dorilant, in The Country Wife, act 1 (167...
  • ''Mistresses are like books; if you pore upon them too much, they doze you and make you unfit for company; but if used discreetly, you are the fitter for conversation by 'em.''
    William Wycherley (1640-1716), British dramatist. Harcourt, in The Country Wife, act 1.
  • ''Women serve but to keep a man from better company.''
    William Wycherley (1640-1716), British dramatist. Horner, in The Country Wife, act 1.
  • ''Women of quality are so civil, you can hardly distinguish love from good breeding.''
    William Wycherley (1640-1716), British dramatist. repr. In Plays of William Wycherley, ed. W.C. Ward (1888). Horner, in The Country Wife, act 1 (1675)...
  • ''Your women of honour, as you call 'em, are only chary of their reputations, not their persons; and 'tis scandal that they would avoid, not men.''
    William Wycherley (1640-1716), British dramatist. Horner, in The Country Wife, act 1.
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