Sir John Brute marries a young wife and feels so ''debauched'' by marriage that he drives her to distraction and adultery, as represented by a young swain named Constant. There are subplots within subplots, involving Lady Brute's free-spirited cousin, a conceited lady named Fancyfull and a sharp-tongued blade named Heartfree.
Sir John soon finds himself the victim of his own apathy. Marriage, says the author, means obligations, and is not to be undertaken casually. When the apparently uncatchable Heartfree finally succumbs, he vows to pursue his love ''even to matrimony itself,''
In 1919, the play was thought to have: "a certain Rabelaisian exuberance of crapulousness." - The Times.
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