She stoops to conquer ... origin/meaning?
Posted by Manoora on September 21, 2001
In Reply to: She stoops to conquer ... origin/meaning? posted by Patty on February 28, 2000
: : : 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.