March 12, 2014 – English
Conflict between old and new generation. Mother is the matchmaker, wants Lucinda to marry
Cimberton because of money. Mother is bargaining with her daughter, interference suggest a
Cimberton’s obsession is have an heir. Sees Lucinda as a babymaker, piece of horseflesh.
Richard Steele does not condone this view of women.
• By “conscious,” Steel means “mutually understanding.” How are the lovers “conscious”?
o Mutually understanding, aware of what is going on. The younger generation is
more perceptive and aware about what is going on unlike the older generation.
o Aware of the social statues
o Balanced relationships, marriage will be union of companions
• At the beginning of Act. One, Scene Two, a stage direction indicates that Bevil Jr. is
reading. What is he reading and why is it important?
o Shows his education, reading is foreshadowing