A Fair-Lawn View – or The Portsmouth Journey

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A Fair-Lawn View – or The Portsmouth Journey
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Inside the bedroom of Lord and Lady Portsmouth a gentleman (doctor) opens the shutters and daylight streams in. He is startled to see three people in the bed: Lord Portsmouth (fast asleep), Lady Portsmouth and one Mr Alder (looking caught-out). To the right of the title area is an inscription from Othello: “He that is robb’d not wanting what is stolen, let him not know it and he’s not robbed at all”. This alludes to the insanity and impotence of Lord Portsmouth, and the ensuing ménage between Lady Protsmouth and Mr Alder. Subsequently the marriage was annulled and the two married.
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