She Stoops to Conquer

by

Oliver Goldsmith

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She Stoops to Conquer: Epilogue 2 Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
The second Epilogue was written by Joseph Cradock to be spoken by the actor playing Tony. It provides an account of Tony’s life after the main action of the play ends. Tony, the Epilogue reports, marries Bet Bouncer and decides to move to the town. There, they live a rowdy existence and throw their money around buying art and clothing, eager to prove that they are just as good as those who live in the city.
This second epilogue also takes up the issue of class and geography. It describes a time after the main action of the play when Tony and his new wife Bet go to London and live a boisterous life that would earn disapproval from snobbish city-dwellers. As in the first epilogue, the second epilogue presents a conventional satire of social-climbers and country bumpkins in the city, instead of the more subtle message the play itself delivered about class.
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