The Mistakes Of A Night

Mitford suggested to Mr. Forster that the first title originated in Dryden's—

"But kneels to conquer, and but stoops to rise."

The second title was originally the only one (see final speech); but was rejected as undignified. Reynolds wanted to christen the play The Belle's Stratagem, a name afterwards used by Mrs Cowley. The Old House a New Inn was also debated.

From She Stoops To Conquer