Hi there, I'm revising this play for a show that I am performing in (my character is Sir Timothy) and I have been asked to find a synopsis of the play. Unfortunately I cannot seem to find one...

Hi there, I'm revising this play for a show that I am performing in (my character is Sir Timothy) and I have been asked to find a synopsis of the play. Unfortunately I cannot seem to find one that's in English. Could someone please help me with this issue?

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We have a brief synopsis here at eNotes and we can guide you to a more comprehensive work. The brief synopsis outlines the dramatic story of The Town Fop Sir Timothy Tawdrey who has a "kept woman." This woman does not intend to stay in the lower ranks forever and is ambitious. She also plies her trade in local bawdy houses. However Sir Timothy is also frequenting these places. A friend of his accompanies him after running away on the eve of his forced marriage to Lady Diana his cousin, because he really wants to marry his sweetheart Celinda. Timothy's friend Bellmour is emotionally upset and gets drunk, also losing a lot of money to Sir Timothy and his associates.

Mrs. Driver, the proprietor, thinking Bellmour a soft touch, sends Betty Flauntit and two other girls to Sir Timothy. Betty Flauntit expects, one way or another, to make Timothy's friend her victim. But her plans are thwarted by Sir Timothy's recognition of her and by Bellmour's younger brother, who comes to save Bellmour from the crooks. Mrs. Driver tells Sir Timothy that Betty is not being faithful to him. She escapes to Covent Garden and has time to consider her new position, thinking it to be bad luck.

She reflects that if it isn't bad luck then it must be the devil, never for one minute accepting responsibility for her actions and facing the consequences. She goes through a chronological list in her head, blaming first one person, then the next, analyzing her plot at each stage to see where each thing went wrong.

"To find my Knight there; then to be just upon the Point of making my Fortune, and to be interrupted by that virtuous Brother of his; then to have a Quarrel happen, that (before I could whisper him in the Ear, to say so much as, Meet me here again–anon) forc'd me to quit the House, lest the Constable had done it for me; then that silly Baud should discover all to my Cully."

At the end of her meditation she comes to the conclusion that, indeed, her misfortune must be the devil's doing, failing to see that the "devil" or the wrongdoing is within herself and that she should consider reform and improvement of character to improve her situation in life. Her life will not improve until she stops seeking to find success through the efforts of others rather than through her own.

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