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Re: She stoops to conquer ... origin/meaning?

Posted by Manoora on September 21, 2001

In Reply to: Re: She stoops to conquer ... origin/meaning? posted by Patty on February 28, 2000

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: : : Does anyone know where the phrase "she stoops to conquer" comes from, and what it originally meant?

: : The title of an 18th Century play by Oliver Goldsmith.

: : It is a farce that centers on Charles Marlow and George Hasting's attempts to court Kate Hardcastle and Constance Neville...

: Yes, thank you. But people sometimes use the phrase these days in essays and books, and I wonder just what they mean by it.