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- Full Title: The Rover, or the Banished Cavaliers, Part One
- When Written: 1677
- Where Written: London
- When Published: Premiered at the Duke’s Theatre in London in 1677
- Literary Period: Restoration (17th century England)
- Genre: Restoration Comedy
- Setting: Naples, Italy
- Climax: After a farcical chase, the three pairs of lovers are reunited
- Antagonist: Don Pedro and Don Antonio, two Spaniards who seek to keep the cavaliers from their lovers
Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures. Aphra Behn was a spy for King Charles, but the monarchy never paid her for her service; she began playwriting in part to pay off her debts.
A Feminist Patron Saint. Virginia Woolf praised Aphra Behn in the book A Room of One’s Own, whom she believed “earned [women] the right to speak their minds,” and paved the way for all female authors who followed her.