Publisher: Brentano's Publication date: 1903
Subjects: Drama / General
Drama / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Drama / Shakespeare
Literary Criticism / Drama Notes: This is an OCR reprint. There may be numerous typos or missing text. There are no illustrations or indexes.
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obliged. But I never dream of reforming, knowing that I must take myself as I am and get what work I can out of myself. All this you will understand; for there is community of material between us: we are both critics of life as well as of art; and you have perhaps said to yourself when I have passed your windows " There, but for the grace of God, go I." An awful and chastening reflection, which shall be the closing cadence of this immoderately long letter from yours faithfully, G. Bernard Shaw. WOKINC, 1903. ACT I Roebuck Ramsden is in his study, opening the morning's letters. The study, handsomely and solidly furnished, proclaims the man of means. Not a speck of dust is visible: it is clear that there are at least two housemaids and a parlormaid downstairs, and a housekeeper upstairs who does not let them spare elbow-grease. Even the top of Roebuck's head is polished: on a sunshiny day he could heliograph his orders to distant camps by merely nodding. In no other respect, however, does he suggest the military man. It is in active civil life that men get his broad air of importance, his dignified expectation of deference, his determinate mouth disarmed and refined since the hour of his success by the withdrawal of opposition and the concession of comfort and precedence and power. He is more than a highly respectable man: he is marked out as a president of highly respectahle men, a chairman among directors, an alderman among councillors, a mayor among aldermen. Four tufts of iron- grey hair, which will soon be as white as isinglass, and are in other respects not at all unlike it, grow in two symmetrical pairs above his ears and at the angles of his spreading jaws. Hewears a black frock coat, a white waistcoat (it is bright spring weather), and trousers, neither hlack n...