Mary Davys: The Accomplish'd Rake, Or Modern Fine Gentleman

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  • Martha F. Bowden (Kennesaw State University)

Sir John Galliard, the hero of the ironically titled The Accomplish’d Rake, or Modern Fine Gentleman by Mary Davys, has all the ingredients of an eighteenth-century rake: he is handsome, rich, independent, clever, and misogynist. Davys carefully prepares the background for his character: his father dies when he is young, leaving him in the hands of an attractive but inattentive mother who is a female rake. When he discovers her in bed with a footman, he declares his detestation of all women, whom he sets out to punish for her sake: “I am now so far let into Women’s Frailty, that the whole Race of Mankind should cease e’er I would endeavour to increase my own Species”.

Teachwell, his tutor, …

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Bowden, Martha F.. "The Accomplish'd Rake, Or Modern Fine Gentleman". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 August 2005
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