The Rivals

A moody and lovesick young man, Faulkland cannot believe his good fortune in being engaged to Julia and having her love, and constantly probes Julia to find out whether her love for him is real. He is the closest friend and confidante of Absolute, who finds his doubts ridiculous. Faulkland, on the other hand, thinks he loves Julia more deeply than Absolute loves Lydia. As soon as he is reassured of Julia in one way, though, he immediately finds something else to feel insecure about. Although he allows his doubts to drive him to behaving badly, he recognizes that this is a fault in his own temperament that never appears except when it comes to his love for Julia.

Faulkland Quotes in The Rivals

The The Rivals quotes below are all either spoken by Faulkland or refer to Faulkland. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Act 3, Scene 2 Quotes

I do not mean to distress you. If I loved you less I should never give you an uneasy moment. But hear me. All my fretful doubts arise from this. Women are not used to weigh and separate the motives of their affections: the cold dictates of prudence, gratitude, or filial duty, may sometimes be mistaken for the pleadings of the heart. I would not boast—yet let me say, that I have neither age, person, nor character, to found dislike on; my fortune such as few ladies could be charged with indiscretion in the match. O Julia! when love receives such countenance from prudence, nice minds will be suspicious of its birth.

Related Characters: Faulkland (speaker), Julia Melville
Page Number: 29-30
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Act 4, Scene 3 Quotes

FAULKLAND
What can you mean?—Has Lydia changed her mind?—I should have thought her duty and inclination would now have pointed to the same object.
ABSOLUTE
Ay, just as the eyes do of a person who squints: when her love-eye was fixed on me, t'other, her eye of duty, was finely obliqued: but when duty bid her point that the same way, off t'other turned on a swivel, and secured its retreat with a frown!

Related Characters: Captain Jack Absolute / Ensign Beverley (speaker), Faulkland (speaker), Lydia Languish
Page Number: 50
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Act 5, Scene 1 Quotes

You see before you a wretch, whose life is forfeited. Nay, start not!—the infirmity of my temper has drawn all this misery on me. I left you fretful and passionate—an untoward accident drew me into a quarrel—the event is, that I must fly this kingdom instantly. O Julia, had I been so fortunate as to have called you mine entirely, before this mischance had fallen on me, I should not so deeply dread my banishment!

Related Characters: Faulkland (speaker), Julia Melville
Page Number: 52
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Faulkland Character Timeline in The Rivals

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Act 1, Scene 2
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Lydia counters that Julia’s fiancé Faulkland is capricious too and always picks fights with her. Julia explains that she and Faulkland... (full context)
Act 2, Scene 1
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Absolute sends Fag to summon Faulkland, whom he intends to tease about Julia. Faulkland soon enters, asks about Absolute’s quarrel with... (full context)
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Faulkland refuses Absolute’s offer to come to dinner with a group of friends, saying he is... (full context)
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Absolute then shocks Faulkland by telling him that Sir Anthony has brought Julia to town. Faulkland gets ready to... (full context)
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Acres enters and is introduced to Faulkland, whom he congratulates on being engaged to such a wonderful woman. Faulkland questions Acres about... (full context)
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Acres asks if Faulkland had been upset, and Absolute flatters Acres by saying Faulkland had been jealous of him.... (full context)
Act 3, Scene 2
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Faulkland awaits Julia in her dressing room and reflects that when he first saw her after... (full context)
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Faulkland feels better, but when Julia tells him that her heart is pledged to him he... (full context)
Act 4, Scene 3
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Absolute next runs into Faulkland and bemoans his current situation, saying if he did not know that he might soon... (full context)
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Faulkland says he wishes the duel were at some other time, because he has treated Julia... (full context)
Act 5, Scene 1
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Julia, in her dressing room, reflects on an alarming message she has received from Faulkland about a dreadful accident. She bemoans how many unhappy moments he has caused her. Faulkland... (full context)
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Surmising that Faulkland has killed a man in a duel and must now flee to escape prosecution, Julia... (full context)
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Faulkland then exclaims that he has proved Julia’s love and throws away the pretense of having... (full context)
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...she needs her consolation, but then notices that Julia’s face is tear-stained. She asks if Faulkland has been tormenting her, but Julia denies this, saying in an aside that she would... (full context)
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...must surely surpass Julia’s: she has found out that Beverley is Absolute. Julia confesses that Faulkland had already told her about Absolute’s disguise. Lydia is angry to hear that Julia and... (full context)
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...the fates of the men involved, Fag and David reveal that Captain Absolute, Acres, and Faulkland are involved in a duel. Julia says that they should hasten to the scene of... (full context)
Act 5, Scene 2
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Absolute awaits Faulkland, who is late, on the South Parade, with a sword hidden in his coat. He... (full context)
Act 5, Scene 3
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Sir Lucius greets Absolute and Faulkland, whom he assumes is Beverley. He says that he sees that Absolute will also be... (full context)
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Julia observes how dejected Faulkland seems and begins to soften towards him. Faulkland asks for her forgiveness, saying he does... (full context)
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...drink a toast to the young couples and to an eventual husband for Mrs. Malaprop. Faulkland congratulates Absolute that Lydia came to her senses and reformed her own romantic inclinations, just... (full context)