She Stoops to Conquer
Samuel Johnson remarked that She Stoops to Conquer produced the great end of comedy-- "making an audience merry." Unlike his novel, The Vicar of Wakefield, which did not enjoy much popularity until the nineteenth century, Goldsmith did achieve an immense popularity with his play during his lifetime. The play is funny and amusing. However, like most drama, the audience has to suspend its disbelief for a spell. In She Stoops to Conquer, the reader may find it difficult to believe that a normal household can be mistaken for a common inn. The entire misunderstanding could have been resolved had Mr. Hardcastle introduced himself to the young man, Mr. Marlow. However, it is this misunderstanding and mistaken perception upon which the play revolves.