The Way of the World
The Way of the World is widely regarded as one of the best Restoration comedies and is still occasionally performed. It is an ideal choice to get a better understanding of the humourous and satirical style of William Congreve.
The Way of the World is a play written by English playwright William Congreve. It premiered in 1700 in the theatre in Lincoln’s Inn Fields in London. The play is based around the two lovers, Mirabell and Millaman, describing their efforts to get married through complicated plots and structure.
My Lord,—Whether the world will arraign me of vanity or not, that I have presumed to dedicate this comedy to your lordship, I am yet in doubt; though, it may be, it is some degree of vanity even to doubt of it. One who has at any time had the honour of your lordship's conversation, cannot be supposed to think very meanly of that which he would prefer to your perusal. Yet it were to incur the imputation of too much sufficiency to pretend to such a merit as might abide the test of your lordship's censure.
TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE RALPH, EARL OF MOUNTAGUE, ETC.