Clio Edition 4 - page 27

“Pray good people be civil, I am the Protestant whore”
Despite being caricatured as unintelligent and foolish, this shows that Nell had an
apt natural wit. Not only was she one of the first English women to earn a living by acting,
breaking cultural barriers and serving as a role model for later generations of actresses, but she
was also described by Restoration poet John Dryden as having “heart and some sense in her
head”. These are certainly the qualities of a protagonist that is needed on our stages.
A West end performance of Nell Gywnn. One
of many theatre productions on her life.
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