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the process and product of the family business, in
partnership with their husbands. These two plays, with
Middleton's Michaelmas Term and Shakespeare's three problem
comedies, Troilus and Cressida. All's Well That Ends Well,
and Measure for Measure, suggest that feminine power depends
upon the cooperative spirit of the patriarchal authority;
without that cooperation the power diminishes to
insignificance or fails entirely.
Later comedies of the Caroline period, such as Rule a
Wife and Have a Wife. A New Way to Pav Old Debts, and The
Ladv of Pleasure, feature women who develop in complexity,
sophistication, and style, just as the men do, but whose
opportunities for power are nevertheless limited in scope
because of the restrictions of their gender. Despite the
polish of dialogue and wit, women do not develop as
individuals; rather, they show a disturbing regressive
trend, toward the female types of the earliest comedies.
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Tanner, Jane Hinkle. Sharing the Light: Feminine Power in Tudor and Stuart Comedy, dissertation, May 1994; Denton, Texas. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc278551/m1/4/: accessed April 22, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; .