As well, marriage is merely a business transaction where Pinchwife gives Sparkish "five thousand pound to lye with [his] Sister" (268).
That is why she maintains what is apparently an absurd faithfulness to Sparkish or what one might even call a dishonest one, especially in our post-romantic world where one is supposed to be true to oneself above all else.
Jo Stone-Fewings is a delight as the beaming and supremely gullible fob Sparkish
Rather than learn from her mistakes with Sparkish
and Wildly and take opportunities to reconcile with her parents or regain her reputation, she supports a lavish lifestyle in London as a courtesan and eventually lands in debtors' prison.
The Case of Berecillia cannot thus be pleaded: she married my Lord Sparkish
purely thro Inclination; he makes her a perfect complaisant Husband, and loves her as well as it is the fashion for Men to love their Wives; yet she carries on an Intrigue here with Basset the Gamester, in a manner so publick, that if my Lord had not an unvanquishable Aversion for a naked Sword, he would have tried the Metal of the other's Blade: but being a Lover of Peace, he counterfeits a Blindness to their Behaviour, and is the only one who seems ignorant of his own Shame.
Thus Pinchwife's jealousy leads his wife to infidelity, while Sparkish
eventually loses Alithea because of excessive confidence in her loyalty.
But see, where Fresca in her boudoir sits, Surrounded by a court of sparkish
wits: Her practised eye directs its conscious darts At the small tyrants of the several Arts.