5 thoughts on “The Contrast

  1. Ah, The Contrast. This was a summer reading assignment and as long as it was and the material within it, I somehow found this to be a fun read. The characters are very quirky and there are a lot of half-humored jokes that are comparable to dry British humor that will make you double over laughing. In all honesty, I disregarded the redundancy of this novel and just had fun with it, ignoring my intuition as to what will happen (it’s quite obvious) and allowing it to surprise me a bit. If you take

  2. I Had to read this for a course at my university. Surprisingly, it was pretty easy to read and actually really nice too. It did remind me a bit of Jane Austen’s Emma. I guess the ladys reminded me a bit of Emma herself, and Manly of Mr. Knightley.

    Jessamy and Mr. Dimple really wasted my time and I spent all of their scenes rolling my eyes but without Mr. Dimple there would be no plot, of course. I really liked Colonel Manly and as I said he did remind me of Mr. Knightley that I really liked as w

  3. Amusing story. Easy to read, light and simple.

    Jonathan was funny! A very likeable character, the one I liked most. His comic-relief parts amused me a lot. The other characters I found rather plain; in the neutral sense. Nothing special. Charlotte got on my nerves a lot. Dimple and Jessamy apparently seem to be mental cases… that part about the “laughing manual” finished me off. XD

    On general terms, it was a merry little play. 🙂

  4. Mostly useful as a look at early American theater, the style is mostly too stilted and obvious for a modern reader (the hero’s name is literally “Manly”) and offers a sort of unambiguous patriotism which might have been necessary in the 1790s but is uncomfortable now. The somewhat strong female characters are a nice surprise though, as is the way it presents the (still very modern) act of dishonestly towards women as the principle failing of the society.

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