Mrs. Pinchwife Analysis

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Register to read the introduction… Pinchwife has now begun to realize how controlling Mr. Pinchwife really is. She even refers to herself as a "poor lonely sullen bird in a cage" (III, i, 4). Mrs. Pinchwife has grown very curious to see the city, especially when Pinchwife mentions Horner's admiration of her. Pinchwife angrily scolds his sister, saying, "Do not teach my wife where the men are to be found… I bid you to keep her in ignorance, as I do" (II, i, 56). But, the next day, Pinchwife agrees to take his wife, "masked" as a young boy, into town, with hopes of dispelling her curiosity without real contact with the world. However, she is drawn away from her husband, and meets with the "cuckold-making" Horner, who kisses her and gives her gifts. Mrs. Pinchwife is no longer a young, naïve, innocent country wife, but a woman longing for her freedom. Pinchwife now realizes the threat presented by Horner.
     Desperate to end the relationship between Horner and his wife, Pinchwife forces Mrs. Pinchwife to write Horner a cruel letter, which she cleverly switches with a second, kind letter before it is sent. Mrs. Pinchwife is later caught composing a love letter to Horner, but convinces Mr. Pinchwife that she was writing it for his sister Alithea. Pinchwife then states that "I'd rather give him my sister than lend him my wife, and such alliance will prevent his pretensions to my wife" (V, i, 65). Mrs. Pinchwife,
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In The Country Wife, marriage is viewed, particularly by Mr. Pinchwife, in an unusually jealous and deceitful light. Harcourt describes marriage as "Rather a sign of interest than love" (II, i, 237). Lucy says of marriage: "Marrying to increase love is like gaming to become rich, alas you only lose what little stock you had before" (IV, i, 23). For Mr. Pinchwife, his wife needed to be protected from and deprived of contact with outside world. This led to her eventual resentment of him, and her longing for another man, but then ultimately to her going back to Mr. Pinchwife. The Country Wife depicts a strange view of the traditional bond of trust and love that is

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