The Harlot's Progress, the Rake's Progress

The Harlot's Progress, the Rake's Progress

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"[...]recoup his losses. Sarah, her mother, and Rakewell's infant offspring unsuccessfully try to abort this clandestine wedding (Pl. 5). Rakewell's marriage of convenience cannot meet his needs, and he soon rails despairingly in a Covent Garden gambling house (Pl. 6). The juggernaut of vice presses on as he is jailed for debt in Fleet Street prison where he runs up more bills. A prisoner drops a "Scheme for paying ye Debts of ye Nation" to the floor as Sarah faints away and Rakewell's wife scolds (Pl. 7). The social nadir of Bedlam illumines darkly Rakewell's last loss-his reason-and this graphic anti-progress concludes, as it began, with Sarah's sorrow (Pl. 8). What did the playwright do with Hogarth's harsh comment on the misappropriation of inherited wealth? He seems to have enhanced entertainment values and emphasized instruction at the same time. The drama embellishes the[...]."show more

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  • Paperback | 46 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 3mm | 77g
  • Createspace
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1507525133
  • 9781507525135