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The Beaux Stratagem is a play that places a pair of presentable yet impoverished London gentlemen named Aimwell and Archer in the English country inn at Lichfield Due to the laws of this time Aimwell as the younger son has been denied his opportunity to share in the family fortune His plan at the inn is to assume his older brothers identity and improve his chances of marrying a wealthy woman her fortune His friend Archer has agreed to act as his servant on the condition that he would get half of what Aimwell gains from his ventureAfter some dalliance with the innkeeper Bonniface and his daughter Cherry Aimwell sets his sights on Dorinda the wealthy daughter of Lady Bonntiful a local widow of high reputation Her son Squire Sullen has been wrongly matched in a prearranged marriage to a beautiful woman with no inclination to share his hunting and drinking lifestyle Mrs Sullen is fed up with the marriage and has prepared a trap to make Sullen jealous by flirting with French Count The flirtation is solely for her husbands benefit but as Aimwell woos the young Dorinda Archer makes advances to the cautiously receptive Mrs Sullen who is quite taken by ArcherOne evening at the inn where Sullen is in search of drinking companions a band of thieves plot with Bonniface to rob Lady Bonntifuls home on the assumption that the women are alone and unprotected Cherry who has overheard the their discussion has Aimwell vanquish the thieves He along Archer stops the robbery and locks up the thievesAll the while this is happening Sir Charles Freeman arrives at the inn and is escorted by a drunken Sullen to the house where Aimwell and Archer continue their advances on Dorinda and Mrs Sullen Freeman brings news that Aimwells brother has died making him a lord Aimwell can now legitimize a marriage to Dorinda with his new stature and a love that has grown
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