The Way of the World

The Way of the World


William Congreve

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The Way of the World: Act 1, Scene 7 Summary & Analysis

In the meantime, three women sitting in a coach just outside the chocolate house send a coachman in to inquire whether Petulant is there. Betty responds that he is indeed. The coachman, then, asks for refreshments for his passengers: two dishes of chocolate and a glass of cinnamon water.
The women in the coach are part of one of Petulant’s ridiculous plots to make himself seem more popular than he is. Notably, they don’t enter the chocolate house because, as women, they wouldn’t be welcome inside.
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