Bob Acres

Definition

Theater

  • A cowardly blustering character in Sheridan's The Rivals (1775), whose courage always somehow "oozed out at his fingers' ends." He is an unwelcome suitor to Lydia Languish and as such a rival to Captain Jack Absolute. In the 19th century the role was greatly expanded by the third Joseph Jefferson (see Jefferson family), who transformed Acres from a rustic buffoon into a whimsical eccentric. Jefferson named his Lousiana estate Bob Acres in honour of the role.
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