The School for Scandal

The former steward to the Surface brothers’ deceased father, Mr. Rowley is a trusted confidante, advisor, and go-between for the Surface and Teazle families. He is an eminently reasonable man, and generally serves to clarify confusion and further the action of the play. Unlike Sir Peter, Mr. Rowley sees through Joseph’s hypocrisy and recognizes Charles’s essential goodness.

Mr. Rowley Quotes in The School for Scandal

The The School for Scandal quotes below are all either spoken by Mr. Rowley or refer to Mr. Rowley . 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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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Dover Publications edition of The School for Scandal published in 1991.
Act 1, Scene 2 Quotes

ROWLEY. You know, Sir Peter, I have always taken the liberty to differ with you on the subject of these two young gentlemen. I only wish you may not be deceived in your opinion of the elder. For Charles, my life on't! he will retrieve his errors yet. Their worthy father, once my honoured master, was, at his years, nearly as wild a spark; yet, when he died, he did not leave a more benevolent heart to lament his loss.

SIR PETER. You are wrong, Master Rowley. On their father's death, you know, I acted as a kind of guardian to them both, till their uncle Sir Oliver's liberality gave them an early independence: of course, no person could have more opportunities of judging of their hearts, and I was never mistaken in my life. Joseph is indeed a model for the young men of the age. He is a man of sentiment, and acts up to the sentiments he professes; but for the other, take my word for't, if he had any grain of virtue by descent, he has dissipated it with the rest of his inheritance. Ah! my old friend, Sir Oliver, will be deeply mortified when he finds how part of his bounty has been misapplied.

Related Characters: Sir Peter Teazle (speaker), Joseph Surface / Mr. Surface , Charles Surface, Sir Oliver Surface / Mr. Premium / Mr. Stanley, Mr. Rowley
Page Number: 11
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Act 2, Scene 3 Quotes

SIR PETER. Wild!—Ah! my old friend, I grieve for your disappointment there; he’s a lost young man, indeed. However, his brother will make you amends. Joseph is, indeed, what a youth should be. Everybody in the world speaks well of him.

SIR OLIVER. I am sorry to hear it; he has too good a character to be an honest fellow. Everybody speaks well of him!—Pshaw! then he has bowed as low to knaves and fools as to the honest dignity of genius and virtue.

SIR PETER. What, Sir Oliver! do you blame him for not making enemies?

SIR OLIVER. Yes, if he has merit enough to deserve them.

SIR PETER. Well, well—you’ll be convinced when you know him. ’Tis edification to hear him converse; he professes the noblest sentiments.

SIR OLIVER. Oh, plague of his sentiments! If he salutes me with a scrap of morality in his mouth, I shall be sick directly. —But, however, don’t mistake me, Sir Peter; I don’t mean to defend Charles’s errors: but, before I form my judgment of either of them, I intend to make a trial of their hearts; and my friend Rowley and I have planned something for the purpose.

Related Characters: Sir Peter Teazle (speaker), Sir Oliver Surface / Mr. Premium / Mr. Stanley (speaker), Joseph Surface / Mr. Surface , Charles Surface, Mr. Rowley
Page Number: 23-24
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Act 4, Scene 2 Quotes

MOSES. Well, sir, I think, as Sir Peter said, you have seen Mr. Charles in high glory; 'tis great pity he's so extravagant.

SIR OLIVER. True, but he would not sell my picture.

MOSES. And loves wine and women so much.

SIR OLIVER. But he would not sell my picture.

MOSES. And games so deep.

SIR OLIVER. But he would not sell my picture. —Oh, here's Rowley.

Enter Rowley.

ROWLEY. So, Sir Oliver, I find you have made a purchase—

SIR OLIVER. Yes; yes, our young rake has parted with his ancestors like old tapestry.

ROWLEY. And here has he commissioned me to re-deliver you part of the purchase-money—I mean, though, in your necessitous character of old Stanley.

MOSES. Ah! there is the pity of all; he is so damned charitable.

ROWLEY. And I left a hosier and two tailors in the hall, who, I'm sure, won't be paid, and this hundred would satisfy them.

SIR OLIVER. Well, well, I'll pay his debts, and his benevolence too.

Related Characters: Sir Oliver Surface / Mr. Premium / Mr. Stanley (speaker), Mr. Rowley (speaker), Moses (speaker)
Page Number: 45-46
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Act 5, Scene 2 Quotes

SIR PETER. Though, when it is known that we are reconciled, people will laugh at me ten times more.

ROWLEY. Let them laugh, and retort their malice only by showing them you are happy in spite of it.

SIR PETER. I’faith, so I will! and, if I’m not mistaken, we may yet be the happiest couple in the country.

ROWLEY. Nay, Sir Peter, he who once lays aside suspicion—

SIR PETER. Hold, Master Rowley! if you have any regard for me, never let me hear you utter anything like a sentiment: I have had enough of them to serve me the rest of my life.

Related Characters: Sir Peter Teazle (speaker), Mr. Rowley (speaker), Lady Teazle
Page Number: 69
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Mr. Rowley Character Timeline in The School for Scandal

The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Rowley appears in The School for Scandal. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1, Scene 1
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...wrong to place her trust in him, because he has seen Snake talking to Mr. Rowley, who was Joseph’s late father’s steward and does not like him. Lady Sneerwell asks Joseph... (full context)
Act 1, Scene 2
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Rowley arrives and asks Sir Peter how he is. Sir Peter says he is not well... (full context)
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...agree to marry the man he chooses, but is determined to wed his extravagant brother. Rowley says that he has a different opinion than Sir Peter on Charles and Joseph. Rowley... (full context)
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Rowley says he is sorry to hear that Sir Peter has a low opinion of Charles,... (full context)
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Sir Peter says to Rowley that Sir Oliver will tease him for having married, since they used to make fun... (full context)
Act 2, Scene 3
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Sir Oliver and Rowley are at Sir Peter’s house, waiting for Sir Peter to come in. Sir Oliver laughs... (full context)
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...greet each other warmly. Sir Oliver is about to mock Sir Peter for marrying, but Rowley warns him off. Sir Oliver asks after Charles, and Sir Peter says that Charles is... (full context)
Act 3, Scene 1
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Sir Peter, Sir Oliver, and Rowley sit in Sir Peter’s house and discuss how Sir Oliver can test his nephews’ characters.... (full context)
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Rowley says he will tell the two brothers that Stanley has been given permission to leave... (full context)
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Rowley tells Sir Peter and Sir Oliver that he has also arranged for them to meet... (full context)
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...and says he will go afterwards to visit Joseph in the guise of Mr. Stanley. Rowley says that this may not show Charles in the best light, but agrees. (full context)
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Rowley leaves to fetch Snake and Sir Peter says to himself that he hopes there is... (full context)
Act 4, Scene 1
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Rowley approaches and Careless leaves the room, first telling Charles not to let his father’s old... (full context)
Act 4, Scene 2
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...extravagant, but all Sir Oliver cares about is that Charles refused to sell his portrait. Rowley enters and says that he has brought money that Charles wanted to send to old... (full context)
Act 5, Scene 1
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...feels sure that he now has no chance of marrying Maria. As Sir Oliver and Rowley enter, Joseph leaves the room. Sir Oliver is offended that it seems as if Joseph... (full context)
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Rowley then enters and gives Joseph a note saying that Sir Oliver has arrived in London.... (full context)
Act 5, Scene 2
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Rowley arrives at Sir Peter’s. He and Sir Oliver tell Sir Peter that they have seen... (full context)
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...must now go to Joseph’s, where he will tell the Surface brothers his true identity. Rowley and Sir Peter promise to meet him there. Sir Peter looks into the other room,... (full context)
Act 5, Scene 3
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Sir Peter, Lady Teazle, Maria, and Rowley arrive. Sir Peter says he is glad that he arrived in time to save Sir... (full context)
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...Peter says he can guess that Joseph hopes to call on Snake, and asks Mr. Rowley to bring in Snake. (full context)
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...Lady Sneerwell: he says that although she paid him well to lie and forge letters, Rowley offered him double her price to tell the truth. As Lady Sneerwell storms from the... (full context)
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...and Charles will live as happily as he and Lady Teazle intend to. Charles thanks Rowley for supporting him, and Rowley says that he will feel he has been repaid if... (full context)