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The Maid's Tragedy

Francis Beaumont (1584-1616)

1. 1 - Act 1
2. 2 - Act 2
3. 3 - Act 3
4. 4 - Act 4
5. 5 - Act 5

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Summary

Beaumont and Fletcher's The Maid's Tragedy (first published 1619) is a sensational Jacobean sex tragedy. When gentleman soldier Melantius returns to Rhodes, he finds his dear friend Amintor is recently married - but not to his troth-plight love Aspatia (the maid of the title). Instead, the King has arranged a match between Amintor and Melantius' sister, the beautiful Evadne. On his wedding night, Amintor finds that his new wife has married him under false pretenses - and this unleashes a torrent of dire consequences, sexual, emotional, and ultimately political.