" they would fix a Dorimant "
The Man of Mode, or, Sir Fopling Flutter is a Restoration comedy by George Etherege. It was written in 1676 and first performed the same year. The main character is Dorimant, an immoral womaniser. The character may have been based on John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester and a recognised libertine. Sir Fopling is freshly returned from being "cultured" in Paris, and tries to emulate the callous womanising style of Dorimant. Dorimant, however, schemes to use Fopling to get rid of his current lover, Miss Loveit, in order to seek out new conquests.
" hath lately taken Mr. Abraham Adams into his house "
Abraham Adams is a fictional character created by Fielding, in another of his novels. Joseph Andrews, or The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and of his Friend Mr. Abraham Adams, was the first of Fielding’s novels to be published, in 1742. Fielding called it a ‘comic epic poem in prose.’ It tells the story of a good-natured footman’s adventures on the road home from London with his friend and mentor, the absent-minded parson Adams.
The frontispiece declares that the novel is written "in imitation of the manner of Cervantes", author of Don Quixote.