Plays and Players; Leaves from a Critic's Scrapbook

Plays and Players; Leaves from a Critic's Scrapbook

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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. 1916 edition. Excerpt: ...purely technical problem of the realist--he has in his dramas, at least, often erred on the side of restraint. He has seemed not enough to take sides, or not enough to drive for a definite conclusion. It is an error the dramatist cannot make, and hope for a wide audience. It is a mistake he has not made in "Justice." Yet this play has no hero, and no villain, or, rather, it makes of every man and woman in the audience the villain. The young clerk Falder (very graphically and truly played by John Barrymore) obeys a primitive instinct of self-preservation and the preservation of the woman he loves, when he raises his employer's check as the only means of securing money. But he also no less surely breaks one of society's necessary safe-guarding laws, and society (which is you and I and all the audience) has agreed that for our self-preservation we must put such offenders away. So far, so good. But after some thousands of years, the best place we have supplied for the segregation of the law-breakers is Sing Sing prison and its ilk. (Mr. Thomas Mott Osborne pointed out to the Drama League, by the way, that the cell of an English prison, represented in "Justice," was a "palace" compared to the cells in Sing-Sing.) Mr. Galsworthy doesn't believe that society should rest content with such a solution. He doesn't believe that society should take one of its weak members (a man, mind you, who was not base nor brutal, who was ironically obeying one of the best impulses of his life--to save the woman he loved from vile persecution, when he obeyed one of the worst) and put him through the prison mill and then turn him out branded and doomed. All Galsworthy's fairness of temper and skill in preserving the cross purposes, the more

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  • Paperback | 82 pages
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  • English
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  • 9781236622631