by Jane Austen
Lord Ravenshaw is the person at whose house Mr. Yates first encountered the play Lovers' Vows. This production was interrupted by the death of one of the cast member's grandmothers. A depressed Mr. Yates then left to visit his friend Tom at Mansfield, still infected with the acting bug. It is notable that Mr. Yates first performed Lovers' Vows among a group of nobles, including Lord Ravenshaw and a duke. During this time period, the aristocracy were often accused of having no morals and the fact that these aristocrats were putting on a scandalous play would have been an interesting point to Austen's readers.