THE| GENEROUS RIVALS,| OR,| LOVE| TRIUMPHANT.| A| NOVEL.| [rule]| Res est soliciti plena Timoris Amor.| Ovid.| [rule]| LONDON:| Printed by J. Applebee, for J. Morphew,| near Stationer's-Hall, 1711.
short title/ titlepage/ p.1-270/ p. errata/ 12°.
|a||The Generous Rivals (London: J. Applebee/ J. Morphew, 1711).|
|b||[...] (London: J. Morphew, 1713). [Identical pagination without short title and errata.] Reprint: ed. M. F. Shugrue (New York/ London, 1973).|
|c||[...] (London: W. Hinchliffe, 1716).|
Phylastratus loves Dorinda, she falls in love with Panaretus, his friend and dearest advocate, who is about to mary Claelia. The financial riches are similarily distriuted (p.59-63) - Phylastratus is the richest, and the most generous. Panaretus rejects Dorinda - he is loyally bound to his friend. Phylastratus, moved by such friendship, proves Claelia unworthy of Panaretus. The novel finds its moral climax with Phylastratus' readiness to allow a marriage of his friends (a heroical not a sentimental scene). The heros enjoy a happy day with London's Amusements including an evening at the Hay-Market theatre (the evening can be identified - Congreve's Judgment of Paris was staged at Hay-Market only at 11 Mar 1706). The second half of the novel complicates the situation. Dorinda's guardian rejects Panaretus. He enters the army and fights on the continent. Dorinda escapes her uncle. Panaretus and Dorinda finally mary without her uncle's consent...