Black-Eyed Susan

Black-Eyed Susan; or, All in the Downs is a comic play in three acts by Douglas Jerrold. The story concerns a sailor, William, who returns to England from the Napoleonic Wars and finds that his wife Susan is being harassed by her crooked landlord uncle and later by his drunken, dastardly captain, who tries to seduce her. He is court-martialled for attacking a senior officer. All turns out well in the end. Much of the humour in the piece centers on the sailor's nautical dialect. The play is a nautical melodrama that praises the patriotic British tar while critiquing authoritarianism in the British Navy. Aspects of the story were later parodied in ...

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