Included in this volume is the play "Polly" (1729) which is a sequel to "The Beggar's Opera," the basis for Brecht's "Three-Penny Opera." "Polly" is set in the West Indies and features pirates, prostitutes, Indians, corrupt plantation owners, and more. It is extraordinary for its portrayal of native Americans. Here is a speech by Cawwawkee, the West Indian prince:
“Better it had been for us if that shining earth had never been brought to light….But out of benevolence we ought to hide it from you. For we have heard, ’tis so rank a poison to you Europeans, that the very touch of it makes you mad.”
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