“Because religion makes some run mad, must I live an atheist?” (I,i, Young Bellair)
br> “… because some who want temper have been undone by gaming, must others who have it wholly deny themselves the pleasure of play?” (III, iii, Harriet)

These statements, which refer to love, are spoken by two of the most successful characters in The Man of Mode. The similes comparing love to religion and love to a game echo each other because of their similar structure; furthermore, they vibrate throughout the playas central images which explain the system of comic values in The Man of Mode.

Within the world of the play, Etherege examines several systems of values about love.



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