In his cracking new production of George Etherege's The Man of Mode (1676) in the National's Olivier Theatre, he drags the play kicking but only occasionally screaming into the 21st century, in particular into the world of the super-rich and hip in fashionable London today.
Polish dating in the US, UK and Ireland can become increasingly infuriating, especially if you have not learnt the local language.
They're not just beautiful, but also educated, usually sincere, friendly along with what really matters they may be have a great power to love passionately.
If you offer them sincerity, kindness, affection, and loyalty, in exchange, you may receive the love, care, wonderful life partner and pampering that you would only imagine having.
Give him a few more years and he'll be checking into the Priory's sex-addiction programme, but for now he is an unreformed rake on the make, coldly using sex for revenge, profit and power as well as self-gratification.
His cynical cruelty to Mrs Loveit, an older, neurotic and emotionally incontinent woman who is beginning to bore him, creates a shiver of dismay, and Hardy is utterly persuasive throughout as a man who takes "more pleasure in the ruin of a woman's reputation than in the endearments of her love".