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The Works of Aphra Behn, Volume II   By: (1640-1689)

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Aphra Behn's second volume offers a rich collection of plays, poems, and prose that showcase her versatility and skill as a writer. From the provocative themes of gender and power in her plays like "The Rover" to the lyrical beauty of her poetry, Behn's work is both thought-provoking and entertaining. Her keen observations of human nature and sharp wit shine through in her writing, making this volume a captivating read for fans of 17th century literature. The Works of Aphra Behn, Volume II is a testament to Behn's talent and enduring legacy as one of the most important writers of her time.

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THE WORKS OF APHRA BEHN

VOL. II

EDITED BY

MONTAGUE SUMMERS

CONTENTS

ABDELAZER; OR, THE MOOR'S REVENGE THE YOUNG KING; OR, THE MISTAKE THE CITY HEIRESS; OR, SIR TIMOTHY TREAT ALL THE FEIGN'D CURTEZANS; OR, A NIGHT'S INTRIGUE NOTES

ABDELAZER; OR, THE MOOR'S REVENGE.

ARGUMENT.

The old King of Spain, having conquered Fez and killed the Moorish monarch, has taken the orphaned prince Abdelazer under his protection and in time made him General. Abdelazer, though always courageous, has the desire of revenge ever uppermost, and to gain influence, rather than from any love, he becomes the Queen's paramour. She, being a lustful and wicked woman, joins with the Moor in poisoning her husband, at whose death Philip, her second son, newly returned victor from a martial expedition, leaving his army at some distance, rushes in mad with rage and publicly accuses his mother of adultery with Abdelazer. She is greatly incensed, but Cardinal Mendozo, as Protector of the King, promptly banishes her gallant. The young King Ferdinand, however, to please Florella, the Moor's wife, whom he loves, revokes this decree. Abdelazer, in revenge, next orders his native officer Osmin to kill Philip and the Cardinal. They escape by night disguised as monks, whilst Abdelazer alarms the castle with cries of treason and tells the King that Philip and the Cardinal are plotting to murder him... Continue reading book >>


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