“Was Ever Woman in this Humor Woo’d?/Was Ever Woman in this Humor Won?”: Richard’s Boast of his Prowess as Lover and Playwright
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In Trollope’s Framley Parsonage, Miss Dunstable says to Lord Boanerges, “What pleasure can one have in a ghost after one has seen the phosphorus rubbed on?” (121). That is a risk that Richard of Gloucester asks us to take. Far from being possessive about the secrets of his magic, he wants us to observe the process that gives his creation its luminosity. Coming downstage after his performance in the first-act wooing scene to exhibit his own amazement at the astonishing change he has effected in Lady Anne, who had only moments ago proclaimed him a “foul devil…unfit for any place, but hell” (1.2.50, 109) and who now looks upon him as “a marv’llous proper man” (1.2.254), Richard of Gloucester solicits applause for the magnitude of his achievement:
Was ever woman in this humor woo’d?
Was ever woman in this humor won? (1.2.227–28)
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