Irish Hospitality, or, Virtue Rewarded
"Irish Hospitality, or, Virtue Rewarded" is one of the lesser-known works of the inconspicuous playwright
Charles Shadwell, son of the far more renowned playwright and poet laureate Thomas Shadwell. It was published in his "Five New Plays" in 1720, and it is not known if it was ever acted.
There are no extremes of virtue or vice in this play, which rather celebrates the 18th-century concept of "
good nature", personified by the middle-aged squireSir Patrick Worthy. Spirited young women are commended and the Irish squirarchy's lumpish obsession with creature comforts is upbraided. Sir Patrick arranges suitable marriages for his entire family, without regard to money, and the high point of the action is his benevolent tricking of his unprincipled son Charles into making an honest woman out of a serving-girl he (Charles) has debauched.
List of books with the subtitle "Virtue Rewarded"
*"Shadwell, Charles", in "Biographical Dictionary of Actors, Actresses, Musicians, Dancers, Managers and Other Stage Personnel in London, 1660–1800". 16 volumes. Carbondale, Illinois: Southern Illinois University Press.
*Shadwell, Charles, [http://gateway.proquest.com/openurl?ctx_ver=Z39.88-2003&xri:pqil:res_ver=0.2&res_id=xri:ilcs&rft_id=xri:ilcs:ft:drama:Z000117867:0 "Irish Hospitality, or, Virtue Rewarded"] is available, through subscription only, in the [http://collections.chadwyck.co.uk/home/home_ed.jsp Chadwyck-Healey English Drama] collection.
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