Bernard Shaw; A Critical Study

Bernard Shaw; A Critical Study

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1915 edition. Excerpt: ...but our subject's own plays. These are always the moments of more animated discussion. Suppose we try the simple experiment of taking one of these novels, of opening it quite at random, and then of transposing the dialogue from the narrative form into the dramatic. This would be the kind of result: --Agatha. Do marry me, Mr. Trefusis. Pray do. Trefusis (determinedly). Thank you. I will. Agatha. I am very sure you shan't. (She gathers her skirt as if to run away.) You do not suppose I was in earnest, do you? Trefusis. Undoubtedly I do. J am in earnest. Agatha. Take care. I may change my mind and be in earnest, too; and then how will you feel, Mr. Trefusis? Trefusis. I think, under our altered relations, you had better call me Sidney. Agatha. I think we had better drop the joke. It was in rather bad taste, and I should not have made it, perhaps. Trefusis. It would be an execrable joke; therefore I have no intention of regarding it as one. You shall be held to your offer, Agatha. Are you in love with me? Agatha. Not in the least. Not the very smallest bit in the world. I do not know anybody with whom I am less in love or less likely to be in love. Trefusis. Then you must marry me. If you weie in love with me, I should run away. Now is not that sufficiently like a scene between Valentine and Gloria, between Tanner and Miss Whitefield, between Charteris and Julia, to justify us in our experiment? Let us pursue it a little further. Our subject was born a talker, but he came into this world, like his own Cokane, with the pen of ready writer. The dramatic form offers every advantage with regard to dialogue that is offered by the form of the novel; indeed it has the superior advantage in this respect that a play is, if superficially regarded, nothing but...show more

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  • Paperback | 34 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236496302
  • 9781236496300