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The Gay Lord Quex
Arthur Wing Pinero (1855–1934)
 
Gay Lord Quex, The, by Arthur W. Pinero (1900). Lord Quex, a reformed Don Juan, is about to marry Muriel, a young English girl. Muriel’s foster-sister, Sophie Fullgarney, a manicurist, has heard of Lord Quex’s past, and is determined to save Muriel from the marriage. Sophie plots to entrap Lord Quex into showing his true character, and tries to tempt him into flirtation with herself. She has the opportunity to spend the night at the country house where Muriel and Lord Quex are guests and overhears Lord Quex make an appointment with the Duchess of Strood, an old love, who has insisted on a farewell meeting. On pretext of supplying the place of the Duchess’s maid, she is able to listen at the keyhole of her boudoir. Lord Quex discovers her, and sending the Duchess to the room of a friend, rings for Sophie and locks her in the room. He offers her money and explanations, and appeals to her generosity in vain. Then he points out to her that her own reputation will be ruined, and in her excitement she promises to be silent and writes a compromising letter at his dictation. Suddenly she realizes that she is sacrificing Muriel to save herself, and rings the bell to arouse the household. He appreciates her courage and real devotion to Muriel, and sets her free, and she in her turn is converted from an enemy into an ally. Captain Bastling, the young man whom Muriel fancies she loves, falls into the trap of flirtation with Sophie which failed to catch his rival, and Lord Quex marries Muriel.  1
 
 
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