|Print List Price:||$6.99|
Save $6.99 (100%)
Quality Street A Comedy Kindle Edition
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
Top customer reviews
The initial premise for the play might seem quaint to modern audiences. In Act I as soldiers were fighting the Corsican War, Ms. Phoebe Throsell believes that a dashing 25-year-old soldier Valentine Brown will propose to her. She lets him kiss her. When he comes to visit, instead of marriage, he tells her that he has enlisted to fight in the Corsican War. Phoebe is broken-hearted. Because she allowed him to kiss her, she feels that she is spoiled for other men. She vows to remain unmarried.
Ten years roll by as Act II begins. Phoebe and her sister Susan have converted their house on Quality Street to a school to make a living. Phoebe who once had pin curls as a vivacious young girl, now has aged and wears dowdy clothing as a schoolmistress. Valentine Brown returns with a hand missing from a war injury and doesn't at first recognize Phoebe. As a result Phoebe redoes her pin curls and wears youthful dresses and introduces herself as her long-lost cousin Livvy. Act III takes us to a ball where Phoebe has assumed the alternate identity of Livvy. She flirts relentlessly with the men at the ball including a former student, Ensign Blades. Busybody neighbors Miss Henrietta, Miss Fanny & Miss Willoughby keep an eye out trying to meet this mythical cousin Livvy, of whose existence they have never been informed. Phoebe assumes this masquerade because Valentine seemed to long for the younger Phoebe. However Valentine declares that he is not interested in shallow Livvy, but in her Aunt Phoebe, "the most estimable of women." Act IV shows the sisters in a bind. Henrietta & Fanny watch the house night & day. Susan's plan to defuse the masquerade by sending Livvy back to the country cannot be done because of the nosy neighbors. Instead, they concoct a story that Livvy is ill. They keep the bedroom door sealed. Phoebe fears that if the masquerade is revealed, her reputation will be ruined and the school will have to be closed, leaving them without an income. Valentine Brown comes and proposes to Phoebe and learns of the fiction of the younger cousin. He concocts a plan and wraps up shawls and takes the clothes to his carriage as if it were Livvy and makes her disappear. With that impediment removed, Valentine and Phoebe find true love.
Barrie's stage directions are quite witty and charming as he describes and comments upon the characters. He keeps the action moving. The quaint moral values of the period and the mistaken identity may seem trite to modern audiences. However, this is a good romantic comedy could be well done as a revival for a small theatre venue. Enjoy!