MASTER HORNER: libertine who allows himself to be certified as impotent in order to prey on
MASTER HARCOURT: a friend of Horner's, and thereby privy to his sexual intriques, who falls for
Alithea but must rival Sparkish for her love.
MASTER PINCHWIFE: the reformed libertine who 'could never keep a whore' successfully, keeps
close watch on his young 'country wife' Margery, even locking her up on occassion, to save her from
the depredations of other men, though he trusts her with the apparently impotent Horner.
MASTER SPARKISH: a shallow fop who pursues Alithea not out of passion or lust but because he
thinks it the fashionable thing to do, prides himself on his wit, and being a 'man of parts'.
MRS. MARGERY PINCHWIFE: the good-humored, unspoiled country wife, devoid of hypocrisy, who
to take advantage of the pleasures and intriques of London town life, particularly with the help of
aristocratic rake Horner, and plots to outwit her husband because he's unreasonably possessive.
MRS. ALITHEA: a young lady wooed by Harcourt, she delights in hoodwinking her other suitor, the
Sir Jasper Fidget
My Lady Fidget
Mrs. Dainty Fidget
SHARED ROLES: Margery Pinchwife and Mrs. Dainty Fidget, and Mrs. Alithea and Mrs. Squeamish.