The Country Wife


  1. ^ a b Ogden, xxxiii.
  2. ^ Richardson Pack, Memoirs of Mr. Wycherley's Life (1728), 8; quoted by Ogden, 4.
  3. ^ Howe, 64.
  4. ^ Vieth, David M. “Wycherley’s The Country Wife: An Anatomy of Masculinity.” Papers on Language and Literature 2, no. 4 (fall 1966): 335–50.
  5. ^ a b c d Cohen, Derrick. “The Revengers’ Comedy: A Reading of The Country Wife.” Durham University Journal. 76 (1983): 33.
  6. ^ Kaufman, Anthony (Winter 1975). "Wycherley's The Country Wife and the Don Juan Character". Eighteenth-Century Studies. 9 (2): 216– cite.citation{font-style:inherit}.mw-parser-output .citation q{quotes:"\"""\"""'""'"}.mw-parser-output .id-lock-free a,.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-free a{background:url("//")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .id-lock-limited a,.mw-parser-output .id-lock-registration a,.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-limited a,.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-registration a{background:url("//")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .id-lock-subscription a,.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-subscription a{background:url("//")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration{color:#555}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription span,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration span{border-bottom:1px dotted;cursor:help}.mw-parser-output .cs1-ws-icon a{background:url("//")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output code.cs1-code{color:inherit;background:inherit;border:inherit;padding:inherit}.mw-parser-output .cs1-hidden-error{display:none;font-size:100%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-visible-error{font-size:100%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-maint{display:none;color:#33aa33;margin-left:0.3em}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration,.mw-parser-output .cs1-format{font-size:95%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-left,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-left{padding-left:0.2em}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-right,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-right{padding-right:0.2em}
  7. ^ See Ogden, xxix–xxx, and Wilson.
  8. ^ Thomas Betterton's description of Boutell, quoted by Ogden, xxx.
  9. ^ Howe, 181; note however that the records for this time are extremely incomplete.
  10. ^ a b Ogden, xxx.
  11. ^ Dixon, 430.
  12. ^ Howe, 20.
  13. ^ Pepys, quoted by Ogden, xxix.
  14. ^ Wilson.
  15. ^ The Plain Dealer, II.i.431–33, 442–44, quoted from Dixon (ed.), The Country Wife and Other Plays.
  16. ^ Ogden, xxxiv.
  17. ^
  18. ^ Dobrée, 94.
  19. ^ Burke, 239.
  20. ^ Canfield, 129.


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