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The Philanderer

Bernard Shaw

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I will. Here, let me go, Julia. (She clings to him.) Will you come without another word if I give you a kiss?

JULIA. I will do anything you wish, darling.

CHARTERIS. Well, here. (He takes her in his arms and gives her an unceremonious kiss.) Now remember your promise. Come along.

JULIA. That was not a nice kiss, dearest. I want one of our old real kisses.

CHARTERIS (furious). Oh, go to the deuce. (He disengages himself impulsively; and she, as if he had flung her down, falls pathetically with a stifled moan. With an angry look at her, he strides out and slams the door. She raises herself on one hand, listening to his retreating footsteps. They stop. Her face lights up with eager, triumphant cunning. The steps return hastily. She throws herself down again as before. Charteris reappears, in the utmost dismay, exclaiming) Julia: we're done. Cuthbertson's coming upstairs with your father—(she sits up . . . Read More

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This was a nice play , not a patricularly striking one. It was entertaining albeit a little bit too short . The wit is extremely subtle , sometimes you have to think twice about what the characters say and what they really mean . It was really interesting how in a society full of masks , poker faces

This classic unpleasant play was written in 1898, though it was not staged until 1902 because of the strict British Censorship Laws.

The play starts with the leading character Leonard Charteris making love with Grace Tranfield. The play flows ceaselessly with these two characters until we are introdu

This is the best play from Shaw that I've ever read, as good as "Man of Destiny", better than "Mrs Warren's Profession", Arms and The Man, You Never Can Tell, The Devil's Disciple, Caesar and Cleopatra, Man and Superman, Don Juan in Hell, Major Barbara, Pygmalion, Heartbreak House, The Apple Cart, T

An amusing commentary on marriage, and the new 'feminist' attitudes. The Manly women vs. the feminine women. It seems by the end of the play, no ideology is proved or disproved, but rather Shaw has made fun of the whole situation. Marriage is funny, and hopeless, and being a strong woman and allowi

"The Philanderer" is the first play I've read by George Bernard Shaw. The plot is set off by the idea of an "Ibsenite" club, influenced by the work of the master Norwegian playwright to break down barriers between men's and women's behavior. To join the club, one has to prove that one is neither man

A play about manly man, womanly woman and in-betweeners.

A Question of Marriage
20 January 2018 - Singapore

Well, I've finally got my computer back, and the keyboard now works fine (though I'm not entirely sure how much longer this laptop is going to last since it is now over six years old). It was somewhat annoying, being in Singapore only to discover tha

This second play by Shaw (written in 1883 but not performed until 1902, when censorship permitted) is a daring effort for its time. Indeed, it might even by considered to have contemporary relevance, for it deals—among other matters—with sexual politics and animal testing (or, as the Victorians woul

Women - and too, enlightened men - were in favour of women's education, property and voting rights, enfranchisement, suffragists demanding and chaining themselves. many identified these movements with left for obvious reasons - it seemed against interest of any conservatives to lose any source of fr

One of the hard things about appreciating Shaw, particularly an older,less famous play such as the Philanderer, is overcoming a pile of prejudice and misinformation which includes Shaw's supposed asexuality, the assumed social naïveté of a play written in 1893, the "unpleasantness" of the play, and

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