Way Of The World Study Guides

  • The Way of the World

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    The Way of the World is a 1700 comedic play by William Gongreve about two lovers trying to get married and receive inheritance. Mirabell wants to marry Millamant but must receive the consent of Millamant's aunt, Lady Wishfort, if he is to also receive the substantial dowry. Mirabell's previous lovers come into play and eventually Lady Wishfort is blackmailed into accepting Mirrabell's terms. The play lacks any clearly heroic or morally-upstanding characters and instead presents a world of folly and trickery.