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03 February 2006


The complex reasons for doing good - preview

Anna Sharman reviews The Sugar Wife, a play about Quakers in mid-nineteenth century Dublin

The Sugar Wife of the title is Hannah Tewkley, married to Samuel, a wealthy Quaker tea and sugar merchant in 1840s Dublin
  • While he runs the business and donates money to charity, she visits the poor and raises money to print anti-slavery leaflets
  • She persuades him to host Sarah, a freed slave on a lecture tour, and her companion Alfred, a great-grandson of Abraham Darby who has severed all ties with his rich ironworking family
  • Each of these four people, as well as Martha, the syphilitic woman in an asylum whom Hannah visits, emerges as complex characters, each sympathetic yet reprehensible in their own way

  • Anna Sharman

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