Author Shaw's Book
Arms and the Man
Raina Petkoff is a romantic young girl who has an overly idealistic view of war. She is engaged to Sergius, a handsome ineffectual young officer with an equally romantic attitude towards war. In the first act an escaping enemy soldier, Bluntschli, breaks into Raina's bedroom. He is a practical sort and tries to convince her of the realities of war. It makes more sense to carry choclates than ammunition he tells her. She lets him escape; clearly she h...
Morell is a clergyman who is married to a brilliant woman, Candida. She is really responsible for much of his success. When the play opens she is returning from a vacation with her children. She brings along with her a handsome young poet, Marchbanks. Marchbanks is in love with Candida, and he tells Morell that she deserves something more than mere complacency from her husband. Morell orders the poet to leave, but at that moment Candida comes in and...
Mrs. Warren's Profession
Vivie Warren, a student at Cambridge, comes to visit her mother in Surrey. She pursues a business career, but is unaware that her mother is the owner of several brothels throughout Europe. An older friend of her mother's, Sir George Crofts, falls in love with the young girl. She, however, is attached to the worthless young son of the parish rector, Frank Gardner. When Crofts discovers that Frank's father was once a lover of Mrs. Warren, he breaks u...
In Pygmalion, Shaw presents a classic theme of drama-the complexity inherent in human relationships.Two old gentlemen meet in the rain one night at Covent Garden. Professor Higgins is a scientist of phonetics, and Colonel Pickering is a linguist of Indian dialects.The first bets the other that he can, with his knowledge of phonetics, convince high London society that, in a matter of months, he will be able to transform the cockney speaking Covent Garden ...
The Doctor's Dilemma
Sir Colenso Ridgeon has been knighted for his discovery of a new treatment for tuberculosis. The beautiful Jennifer Dudebat comes to Ridgeon to treat her sick husband, Louis, who is both an artist and a bigamist. Louis is invited to dinner with Ridgeon and some of his colleagues. After he leaves his bigamy is discovered. Also as at the dinner is a poor medical practitioner, Blenkinsop, who is also sick. Ridgeon, with only enough medicine to treat ...
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