The Northern Lass Essay - Critical Essays

Richard Brome


(Critical Survey of Literature, Revised Edition)

Richard Brome, first the servant and later the friend of Ben Jonson, wrote fifteen plays, alternating between romantic comedy and comedy of manners. THE NORTHERN LASS, catalogued in the latter group, often borders on pure farce because of its ridiculous situations and practical jokes. The plot twists and winds until it appears impossibly complicated, but Brome manipulates its several threads with great skill. The play does not concern itself very actively with social comment, though its romantic situations involve some indirect gibes at marriage customs and standards among the English upper middle class.