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The Spanish Curate A Comedy   By: (1579-1625)

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The Spanish Curate, a comedy written by John Fletcher, is an intriguing theatrical work that offers a delightful blend of romance, mistaken identities, and comedic antics. Set in the vibrant city of Madrid during the 17th century, the play explores the complexities of love and honor, while providing an entertaining and light-hearted experience for its audience.

From the very beginning, Fletcher's witty and clever writing captures the attention of readers, instantly immersing them in the vibrant world he creates. The play opens with a humorous encounter between the Spanish curate, Bernardo, and his servant, Pacheco, setting the stage for the comedic misunderstandings that ensue throughout the plot. Fletcher's mastery of language and dialogue shines through as he skillfully weaves together hilarious exchanges, quips, and clever wordplay.

One of the highlights of The Spanish Curate is its well-crafted characters, each with their own distinct personalities and motives. Bernardo, the titular character, is a lovable and naive curate whose endearing foolishness causes him to unwittingly get entangled in a web of mistaken identities and romantic entanglements. His interactions with other characters, such as the mischievous Leon, the cunning Fabio, and the spirited Violante, create a dynamic and engaging storyline that keeps readers eagerly turning the pages.

The play's themes of love, honor, and deception are skillfully explored throughout, adding depth to the comedic elements. Fletcher cleverly uses the mistaken identities trope to delve into the complexities of human relationships and the lengths people will go to protect their honor and reputation. As the plot unfolds, the characters find themselves entangled in a series of hilarious misunderstandings and romantic misadventures that lead to a satisfying resolution.

While The Spanish Curate may not be as well-known as some of John Fletcher's other works, it deserves recognition for its brilliant wit, engaging plot, and memorable characters. This comedy is a delightful escape into a bygone era, where the lines between truth and falsehood, love and deception, blur in a world teeming with lively and relatable characters.

In conclusion, The Spanish Curate is a delightful comedy that showcases John Fletcher's talent for crafting witty dialogue and engaging storylines. Readers will find themselves captivated by the antics of the characters, swept away by the charm of the setting, and entertained by the playful exploration of love and honor. It is a testament to Fletcher's skill as a playwright and a thoroughly enjoyable read for lovers of comedy and classic theater.

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Persons Represented in the Play.

Don Henrique, an uxorious Lord, cruel to his Brother .

Don Jamie, younger Brother to Don Henrique.

Bartolus, a covetous Lawyer Husband to Amaranta.

Leandro, a Gentleman who wantonly loves the Lawyers Wife .

Angelo, } Three Gentlemen Friend[s] Milanes,} to Leandro. Arsenio,}

Ascanio, Son to Don Henrique.

Octavio, supposed Husband to Jacintha.

Lopez, the Spanish Curate.

Diego, his Sexton .

Assistant, which we call a Judge .

Algazeirs, whom we call Serjeants .

4 Parishioners.





Violante, supposed Wife to Don Henrique.

Jacintha, formerly contracted to Don Henrique.

Amaranta, Wife to Bartolus.

A Woman Moor, Servant to Amaranta.

The Scene Spain.

The principal Actors were,

Joseph Taylor. } {William Eglestone. John Lowin. } {Thomas Polard. Nicholas Toolie.} {Robert Benfeild.

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