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Dolly Reforming Herself A Comedy in Four Acts   By: (1851-1929)

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Dolly Reforming Herself, written by Henry Arthur Jones, presents a delightful comedy in four acts that captivates readers from beginning to end. With its witty dialogues, sharp social commentary, and relatable characters, this play stands as a timeless piece of literature that both entertains and provokes thoughtful reflection.

Set in late 19th-century England, the story revolves around the transformation of Dolly, a young and vivacious dancer. Initially portrayed as a carefree and somewhat naive character, Dolly embarks on a journey of self-discovery when she serendipitously encounters a group of reformers seeking to uplift society. As Dolly becomes the subject of their moral crusade, the play adeptly navigates the fine line between comedy and drama, offering a nuanced exploration of personal growth and societal expectations.

One of the most commendable aspects of this play is Jones' adeptness at balancing humor and social commentary. The playwright tastefully uses wit and satire to explore the theme of reform in Victorian society. The reformers, led by the charismatic but overzealous Mrs. Gilbey, are portrayed with a playful absurdity that allows the audience to both laugh at and criticize their well-intentioned yet often misguided efforts. Their interactions with Dolly, who oscillates between embracing change and reverting to her former self, create a captivating dynamic that keeps readers on their toes.

Furthermore, Jones masterfully weaves in discussions about class, morality, and the role of women in society. Through Dolly's journey, the play examines the constraints placed upon women in the Victorian era and the struggle for independence and self-expression. Jones invites readers to question whether societal reform is a means of empowerment or a suppressive force. These themes remain remarkably relevant today, making Dolly Reforming Herself a profoundly thought-provoking and relatable piece of literature.

The strength of this play lies not only in its engaging narrative but also in its well-developed characters. Dolly, in particular, undergoes a complex transformation that is both believable and endearing. As she grapples with her desire for personal growth and her inclination to conform to societal norms, readers cannot help but empathize with her struggle. The supporting characters, such as the well-meaning but misguided reformers and Dolly's charmingly flawed suitor, add depth and humor to the story, enhancing the overall enjoyment of the play.

While Dolly Reforming Herself is undeniably an entertaining piece, it is not without its flaws. The pacing of the play occasionally feels uneven, with certain scenes dragging while others rush along. Additionally, some of the comedic elements may not be universally appealing, relying heavily on the audience's familiarity with and appreciation for the social intricacies of Victorian England. However, these minor shortcomings do not detract significantly from the overall enjoyment of the play.

In conclusion, Dolly Reforming Herself is a delightful comedy that successfully marries humor with social commentary. Henry Arthur Jones crafts a captivating story that explores themes of personal growth, societal reform, and the limitations imposed upon women. With its witty writing, multi-dimensional characters, and enduring relevance, this play continues to entertain and provoke thought long after its initial publication. Whether you are a fan of period dramas or simply appreciate a well-crafted comedy, Dolly Reforming Herself is a must-read for lovers of literature.

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Transcriber's note

Minor punctuation errors have been changed without notice. A few printer errors have been changed, and are listed at the end. All other inconsistencies are as in the original. The author's spelling has been maintained.

THE PLAYS OF HENRY ARTHUR JONES

DOLLY REFORMING HERSELF

A COMEDY IN FOUR ACTS

BY

HENRY ARTHUR JONES

AUTHOR OF

"THE LIARS," "MICHAEL AND HIS LOST ANGEL," "THE TEMPTER," "THE CRUSADERS," "JUDAH," "THE CASE OF REBELLIOUS SUSAN," "THE DANCING GIRL," "THE MIDDLEMAN," "THE ROGUE'S COMEDY," "THE TRIUMPH OF THE PHILISTINES," "THE MASQUERADERS," "THE MANOEUVRES OF JANE," "CARNACSAHIB," "THE GOAL," "MRS. DANE'S DEFENCE," "THE LACKEY'S CARNIVAL," "THE PRINCESS'S NOSE," ETC.

"Memnon conçut un jour le projet insensé d'être parfaitement sage. Il n'y a guère d'hommes à qui cette folie n'ait quelquefois passé par la tête." VOLTAIRE.

COPYRIGHT, 1910, BY HENRY ARTHUR JONES

PRICE 50 CENTS

NEW YORK LONDON. SAMUEL FRENCH SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD. PUBLISHER 26 SOUTHAMPTON ST, 28 30 WEST 38TH STREET STRAND

DOLLY REFORMING HERSELF

A COMEDY IN FOUR ACTS

BY

HENRY ARTHUR JONES

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