THE COUNTRY WIFE – WILLIAMWYCHERLEY Wycherley was born in 1640 He was well educated The Countrywife was published in 1675 Charles II liked Wycherley “upon account of his wit” He may have invented the phrases „nincompoop‟ and „happy-go-lucky‟
THE COUNTRY WIFE – WILLIAMWYCHERLEY The Country Wife consists of three intertwining plots: 1) Horner‟s lie that he is impotent, in order to convince married men that he can safely be allowed to socialise with their wives, so that he may „cuckold‟ the men. 2) The married life of Pinchwife and Margery (the country wife). Pinchwife married her in the hope that she would not know to cuckold him, as she had a simple upbringing. He fails miserably. 3) The relationship between Harcourt and Margery‟s sister Alithea, who is already engaged. When caught in a compromising situation with Horner, Alithea is able to break off her engagement, and admit her love for Harcourt.
THE COUNTRY WIFE – WILLIAMWYCHERLEY Due to the amount of sexual innuendo‟s… it was banned between 1753 and 1924. The affairs involved in the play were to humiliate middle class husbands, and „avenge‟ their treatment of royalists during Cromwell‟s reign. Video
THE COLLECTOR – JOHN FOWLES Fowles was born in Essex „The Collector‟ was published in 1963 He first considered writing during his studies at Oxford University, at the same time he became “some sort of anarchist.” Due to the success of the book, he was able to become a full-time writer, and leave his job as a teacher. It is thought to have influenced
KEY QUOTES – THE COLLECTOR “He is solid; immovable, iron-willed. He showed me one day his killing bottle. Im imprisoned in it. Fluttering against the glass. Because I can see through it I still think I can escape. I have hope. But its all an illusion. A thick round wall of glass.” “I love making, I love doing. I love being to the full, I love everything which is not sitting and watching and copying and dead at heart.” “I am one in a row of specimens. Its when I try to flutter out of line that he hates me. Im meant to be dead, pinned, always the same, always beautiful. He knows that part of my beauty is being alive. but its the dead me he wants. He wants me living- but-dead.”