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In the play "The Way of the World," the Proviso Scene, we see Mirabell and Millament meet to make a marriage agreement. The scene is pure comedy with both of them brilliantly displaying their wit, but it also teaches lessons that have serious implications for society. Congreve seems to realize how important it is to provide the ideal man and woman in this scene, ideal in the sense that they could serve as models for the lifestyle of the time.

Nonetheless, the Stipulation Scene is one of the most astounding parts of Congreve's "The Behavior that most people find acceptable" and this scene has been broadly and at same time respected by the pundits and the perusers. In point of fact, it serves as an excellent vehicle for conveying Congreve's message to his readers.

The witty manner in which Millamant presents her condition to her lover Mirabell is the Proviso Scene's most notable feature. Her first condition states that she wants the same amount of love and affection from her potential husband throughout her life. We can see the pitiful state of a wife after marriage behind her above-mentioned state. When men and women are lovers just before getting married, they say they support and love each other completely. However, when they get married, things change. Because of this, Millamant seems anxious, which is why she puts this condition. Millamant asserts once more that she despises lovers who fail to properly care for their partners. She also wants her husband to be a good-natured and trustworthy man.

She tells Mirabell that she wants to be free after she gets married; "My dear liberty, shall I leave thee?" she asks Mirabell after she tells her that she can't give up her independence. Do I have to ask you to leave me alone, my beloved solitude? I can't do it, 'tis more than impossible, my thoughts, agreeable wakings, indolent slumbers, all ye douceurs,... Adieu, adds, "I will lie a bed in the morning as long as I please." Millamant, on the other hand, makes it abundantly clear that a lover's (Mirabell's) pleas should not end with the wedding. Consequently, even after marriage, she would like to be "solicited." She next puts that "My dear freedom" ought to be saved;

She wants to be free to "stand to receive visits to and from whom I please;" "I’ll lie abed in a morning as long as I please..." to write and receive letters without asking questions or smiling; and select conversations based solely on my personal preferences; invite anyone I want to dinner; find someone in my dressing room with whom I have no reason to be funny. to keep my closet clean; to be the sole empress of my tea table, which you must never approach without asking permission first. Finally, you must knock on the door before entering whenever I am present...

After that, Millament informs the audience that she does not wish to be addressed as "wife, spouse, my dear, joy, jewel, lovesweetheartrt; and the remainder of that nauseating can, which men and wives are so intimately familiar with. Additionally, they will maintain a dignified public appearance, and she will be free to communicate with others. To put it another way, they keep a certain distance and reserve from one another after they get married.

With patience, Mirabell pays attention to all of Millamant's conditions even though some of the conditions did nosatisfiedfy, it does not object. Now that he has told Millamant about some of his own circumstances, we can see that it is a funny satire of how women in that society feel. As we go through his circumstances, Mirabell wants Millamant to follow some rules after their marriage. Any woman with a notorious past or who engages in scandalous behavior should not be with Millamant. "You admit no sworn confidant or intimate of your own sex," he says. no friend to examine her private life in front of you and entice you to test their mutual secrecy.

The following condition is that she should not use fake things to hide her real appearance. "No decoy duck to wheedle your an FOP-SCRAMBLING to the play in a mask." "I prohibit all masks for the night, made of oiled skins and I know not what—hog's bones, hare's gall, pig water, and the marrow of a roasted cat," it declares.

The circumstances of Mirabell are quite distinct: They are openly sexual in nature and are aimed at her bedroom manners or at him not being cuckolded. According to Norman N. Holland, "Mirabell's are developed in a typically masculine way" just like "Millament's are developed femininely." Every one of Mirabell's conditions starts with its item: first, the general rule, "that your acquaintance be general," followed by specific instructions, "no she-friend to screen her affairs," "no fop to take her to the theater secretly," and an example of the prohibited behavior, "to wheedle you a fop-scrambling to the play in a mask." Nevertheless, Mirabell forbids the consumption of alcoholic beverages and condemns the use of restrictive clothing by pregnant women. The terms are stated by both parties in a lighthearted manner, but the fact remains that they are attempting to come to some kind of understanding with one another even though

Despite the fact that this scene appears to be very funny, it is actually a serious observation about the decline of marriage. The conditions that the two lovers put in place attest to their sincerity and desire to have a marriage that was unlike any other. They both accept the terms of the other. It is a set of rules or an agreement between a husband and wife that would help them live a happy marriage. If you follow these instructions, there will be no room for misunderstanding. 


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