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"I can bear witness to that": What does this line refer to from "She...

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arghyapikai | Student, Undergraduate | Honors

Posted March 23, 2008 at 4:28 PM via web

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"I can bear witness to that": What does this line refer to from "She Stoops to Conquer"?

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted March 25, 2008 at 4:47 AM (Answer #1)

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The expression "I can bear witness to that" is spoken several times in Act III by a couple of different characters. The action centers around some missing jewels. Constance has asked Mrs. Hardcastle's permission to wear the jewels that are rightfully hers. Mrs. Hardcastle doesn't want to give them up, so Tony tells her to say they're missing, and he will "bear witness" that they are gone. He means, "I'll back you up" or "You're right about that."

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