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The Abbot Circle 1925 t Stoops to Conquer The first scene takes place in Squire Hardcastle ' s drawing room. We become acquainted with the jolly Squire, Mrs. Hardcastle, the doting mother, and Tony, the impossible " apple-of-his-mother ' s-eye. " Just as Tony tears out of the door headed for the Three Pigeons, an alehouse, with his pleading mother clinging to his coat-tails, we catch the first glimpse of our heroine, Kate Hardcastle. The Squire tells her of the expected arrival of a suitor, the son of Sir Charles Marlowe. Kate is quite excited about this news and tells her cousin, Constance Neville, whom Mrs. Hardcastle hopes will sometime be her own precious Tony ' s wife. Miss Neville discovers that he is the intimate friend of her own admirer, Mr. Hastings. The second scene is in the Three Pigeons with the boisterous drinkers sitting around the table, smoking and singing. Presently two young gentlemen enter to inquire the way to Squire Hardcastle ' s. Tony, the mischievous rascal, recog- nizes them as Marlowe and Hastings, and decides to play one of his practical jokes. He directs his father ' s guests to his home, giving them the impression that the Hardcastle house is an Inn and that the Squire is a wealthy landlord who wishes to be considered a gentleman. In the second act, preparations are being energetically made in the Hard- castle household. It is very amusing to hear the Squire drill his awkward servants in their duties, an effort which is entirely wasted for when the bell at the gate peals out the arrival of the guests, pandemonium breaks loose among their ranks. Marlow and his companion, thinking the Squire merely the landlord of the Inn, treat him accordingly and the bewildered old man is amazed at their apparent rudeness. However, Mr. Hastings and Constance meet and she tells him where he is. They decide not to tell young Marlowe, and when Kate appears, tell him that she too is staying at the inn. They leave him alone with Kate, and the poor fellow becomes so embarrassed and self-conscious that he cannot talk and in his hurry to get out he bumps into all the chairs. Kate does not like it because the young suitor kept his eyes cast on the floor all during their conversation, never fully seeing her face, so when he mistakes her for the bar-maid she keeps up the role. He loses his bashfulness when he thinks he is with the barmaid, and ventures to look at her. He immediately falls in love, and of course we are very amused because we know her true identity. Tony, who is glad to get rid of his cousin, Con, is very willing to help Constance and Hastings to run away. The last scene of the play is very amusing. Marlowe 63
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The Abbot Circle 192 5 learns Kate ' s identity. The two runaways, Constance and Hastings, return and are forgiven. Last but not least Tony discovers that he has reached years of discretion and is his own master. Just before the final curtain, Kate steps for- ward to the footlights and with an arch smile says to the audience: " Thus having stooped to conquer with success, And gained a husband without aid of dress, Still as a barmaid I could wish it, too, As I have conquered him, to conquer — you! " We all agree unanimously that she has been successful. Sir Charles Marlow Young Marlow Squire Hardcastle George Hastings Tony Lumpkin Diggory . Roger Dick Thomas . Stingo, Landlord of Slang Mat Muggins . . Tom Twist Aminadab Mrs. Hardcastle Kate Hardcastle Constance Neville First Maid " Three Pigeons " Elizabeth Righter Margaret Hawkes Annie Dunn Estes Virginia Thompson Elizabeth Burtnett Phyllis Yates Mary Simpson Elizabeth Ward Hildegarde Mittendorff Helen Sagendorph Talita Jova Evelyn McDougall Sarah MacPherran Frances Howard Elaine Boutwell Doris von Culin Eleanor Bodwell Manon Wood 64
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