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A Proposal Under Difficulties A Farce   By: (1862-1922)

A Proposal Under Difficulties A Farce by John Kendrick Bangs

A Proposal Under Difficulties A Farce by John Kendrick Bangs is a delightful piece of comedic literature that seamlessly combines wit, charm, and absurdity. Set in the late 19th century, this play showcases the author's immense talent for creating laugh-out-loud situations and clever dialogue.

Bangs introduces us to a wide array of eccentric characters who find themselves entangled in a whirlwind of comedic mishaps. The plot revolves around a young couple, George and Alice, whose intention to announce their engagement faces numerous hurdles and obstacles. From nosy neighbors to mischievous friends, the complications seem never-ending, resulting in the most outrageous scenarios.

One of the book's greatest strengths lies in the author's ability to create memorable characters with distinct personalities. Each character adds a unique flavor to the story, enhancing the comedy and ensuring the readers are thoroughly entertained. Whether it's the forgetful Aunt Tabitha, the boisterous Uncle Rufus, or the bumbling servant, Mr. Jenkins, the ensemble cast brings the play to life with their impeccable comedic timing.

While the humor is undoubtedly the highlight of this farce, Bangs also explores deeper themes such as societal expectations, fidelity, and the absurdity of certain norms. The role of women in society during that time period is particularly explored through Alice's character, as she navigates the constraints placed upon her while adhering to her own desires.

The dialogue in the play is sharp, witty, and often filled with satirical undertones. Bangs skillfully uses wordplay and situational irony to keep the readers engaged and amused. The banter between characters is consistently snappy and enjoyable, with many lines that will easily become quotable favorites.

A Proposal Under Difficulties A Farce also benefits from its fast-paced nature. The action moves swiftly from one hilarious situation to another, ensuring that readers remain engrossed in the storyline. The play's structure allows for quick transitions between scenes, building anticipation and leaving readers eager to discover the outcome of each predicament.

While the book is undoubtedly a strong comedic offering, it may not appeal to readers who are not fans of farcical humor or struggle to suspend their disbelief. Some scenes may stretch the boundaries of plausibility, but within the context of the play's comedic genre, these moments only heightened the overall hilarity.

In conclusion, A Proposal Under Difficulties A Farce is a wonderfully entertaining book that guarantees hours of laughter and amusement. John Kendrick Bangs demonstrates his mastery of comedy through his witty writing style and engaging characters. This play is an excellent choice for those seeking lighthearted escapism and a good dose of laughter.

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[Illustration: "PST!"]

A Proposal Under Difficulties

A Farce

By John Kendrick Bangs


Harper & Brothers Publishers New York and London 1905

Copyright, 1896, by HARPER & BROTHERS.

All rights reserved.

Published September, 1905.


ROBERT YARDSLEY, } suitors for the hand of JACK BARLOW, } Miss Andrews .

DOROTHY ANDREWS, a much loved young woman .

JENNIE, a housemaid .

HICKS, a coachman, who does not appear .


The scene is laid in a fashionable New York drawing room. The time is late in October, and Wednesday afternoon. The curtain rising shows an empty room. A bell rings. After a pause the front door is heard opening and closing. Enter YARDSLEY through portière at rear of room.

Yardsley. Ah! So far so good; but I wish it were over. I've had the nerve to get as far as the house and into it, but how much further my courage will carry me I can't say. Confound it! Why is it, I wonder, that men get so rattled when they're head over heels in love, and want to ask the fair object of their affections to wed? I can't see. Now I'm brave enough among men. I'm not afraid of anything that walks, except Dorothy Andrews, and generally I'm not afraid of her... Continue reading book >>

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