She Stoops to Conquer

what is the meaning of this line of Dryden: The prostrate lover, when he lowest lies, But stoops to conquer, and but kneels to rise.

"stoops to conquer: is used by Goldsmith in the title of his Play. It is not clear to me.

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"Stoops to conquer" relates to Kate’s ruse of pretending to be a common barmaid in order to win the affections of Marlow. Marlow apparently is not comfortable around girls of high social status. In order to woo Marlow Kate, of high social status, pretends to be a low class bar maid. This seems to do the trick and Marlow falls in love with her. Thus, Kate stoops below her social class to conquer (win over) her man.

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