Theatre / The Recruiting Officer

George Farquar's 1706 play The Recruiting Officer is a Restoration Comedy about the young Captain Plume and his friends as they seduce or trick women into sleeping with them and men into joining up with the military. This merry band of officers includes Captain Plume, a true ladies' man who has fallen for Lady Sylvia, Plume's friend Worthy, who is in love with his old flame Lady Melinda, and Serjeant Kite, a conman who disguises himself as a German fortune teller named Dr. Conundrum. Another recruiting officer, the braggart Captain Brazen, competes with Worthy for Melinda's love (or rather her money). Melinda's servant, Lucy, is in love with Captain Brazen. Hilarity Ensues.

Captain Plume is in love with his benefactor's daughter, Lady Sylvia. Despite her father, Judge Balance, seeing this and giving Plume his blessing, Plume denies having feelings for Sylvia, not wanting to be tied to her through marriage.

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