To All Congressional and Executive Adulterers, Real and Potential, Past and Future!

It’s always hard being an adulterer!

This epigraph was found on the title page of the 1700 edition of The Way of the World , a Seventeenth Century comedy of manners, first presented in 1700, by William Congreve (1670-1729)

“It is worthwhile, for those of you who wish adulterers no success, to hear how much misfortune they suffer, and how often their pleasure is marred by pain and, though rarely achieved, even then fraught with danger.”

I cannot find a movie that has been made of this play. One critique says that one scene is famous for the most profound analysis of the marriage relation ever written, the play being a realistic portrayal  of a problem every individual must face in the adjustment to society.

Published in: on August 24, 2009 at 3:24 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. I wish I could come up with something profound to say, but wow is the only word that comes to mind after reading your article.

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