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The Laws of Candy Beaumont & Fletcher's Works (3 of 10)   By: (1579-1625)

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In this third volume of the collection Beaumont & Fletcher's Works, edited by John Fletcher, readers delve into a world where the laws of Candy Beaumont come to life. The diverse selection of plays featured in this volume showcases the remarkable talent and imagination of these renowned playwrights.

Starting with "The Laws of Candy," the book kicks off with a captivating play that centers around the mythical kingdom of Candy, ruled by the power-hungry and enigmatic King. The intricate plot weaves together themes of love, loyalty, power, and betrayal, keeping readers on the edge of their seats until the very end. Fletcher's talent for dialogue and character development shines through in this engaging play, making it a standout in the collection.

The second play, "The Nightwalker," offers a stark contrast to the fantastical setting of Candy. Set in the bustling city of London, it follows the life of a rogue named Humphrey Nightwalker. Fletcher's masterful depiction of London's gritty underbelly and the vivid portrayal of Nightwalker's complex character make this play an enthralling exploration of society's outcasts.

The final play in this volume, "The Wild-Goose Chase," embraces a lighter tone and introduces readers to a tale of love, mistaken identities, and comedic mishaps. The play's fast-paced and humorous plot keeps readers entertained as they follow the misadventures of a group of characters led by the lovable fool, Gossimer.

Throughout all three plays, Fletcher's skillful penmanship is evident. The dialogue is crisp, witty, and often filled with clever wordplay that showcases his literary prowess. The characters are well-developed and memorable, each bringing a unique contribution to the overall narrative. Moreover, Fletcher's ability to interweave social commentary, moral dilemmas, and elements of comedy contributes to the timeless appeal of these plays.

One of the standout qualities of this volume is John Fletcher's insightful commentary and annotations, providing readers with historical context and shedding light on the creative process behind each play. These additions offer a deeper understanding and appreciation of the works, making the book invaluable to both scholars and theater enthusiasts.

Although this volume is part of a larger collection, it stands on its own as a testament to the enduring greatness of Beaumont and Fletcher's collaborative work. The plays within this book exhibit the enduring power of dramatic storytelling, highlighting Fletcher's talent as a playwright and his ability to captivate audiences across generations.

In conclusion, "The Laws of Candy Beaumont & Fletcher's Works (3 of 10)" is a must-read for lovers of classic drama. John Fletcher's careful curation, coupled with his informative commentary, enriches the experience and allows readers to delve into a world of intrigue, humor, and timeless themes.

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236] The Laws of Candy

A Tragi Comedy

The works of Beaumont and Fletcher, edited by A.R. Walker

Persons Represented in the Play.

Cassilanes, General of Candy. Antinous, Son to Cassilanes, and his Competitor . Fernando, a Venetian Captain, Servant to Annophel. Philander, Prince of Cyprus, passionately in love with Erota. Gonzalo, An ambitious Politick Lord of Venice. Gaspero, Secretary of State . Melitus, a Gentleman of Candy. Arcanes, a noble Souldier, Friend to Cassilanes. Decius, Friend to Antinous. Porphycio, Possenne, Senators . Paolo Michael, Venetian Ambassadour . Mochingo, an ignorant Servant to Erota. Gentlemen. Souldiers. Servants.

WOMEN Erota, a Princess, imperious, and of an overweaning Beauty . Annophel, Daughter to Cassilanes. Hyparcha, Attendant on the Princess Erota.

[ The Scene Candy]

The principal Actors were,

Joseph Taylor . William Eglestone . Nicholas Toolie . Richard Sharpe . John Lowin . John Underwood . George Birch . Thomas Pollard .

237] Actus Primus

Scena Prima

[Enter Gaspero , and Melitus ]


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