This modernised text was produced by Elaine Hobby from the edition by Claire Bowditch in progress for Volume II of The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Aphra Behn, and used by the Canterbury Commemoration Society as the basis for a script Stewart Ross made for a public reading in St Peter’s Anglican Church, Canterbury in 2023. In modernising it, Elaine largely updated spelling and punctuation, but also occasionally substituted modern words for 1681 ones. As long as this origin in acknowledged, anyone is welcome to use this script for any purpose, but a 1681 copy must be checked if accuracy is essential.

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