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Quality Street

J. M. Barrie

Book Overview: 

Two sisters living on Quality Street set up and run a school for children after the local doctor heads off to fight Napoleon. Ten years later he returns, thinking that all the adventures have been his, and that the old life in Quality Street has waited, as in a sleep, to be resumed on the day of his return.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I thought you knew. I concluded that the recruiting sergeant had talked.

PHOEBE. The recruiting sergeant? I see.

VALENTINE. These stirring times, Miss Phoebe—he is but half a man who stays at home. I have chafed for months. I want to see whether I have any courage, and as to be an army surgeon does not appeal to me, it was enlist or remain behind. To-day I found that there were five waverers. I asked them would they take the shilling if I took it, and they assented. Miss Phoebe, it is not one man I give to the King, but six.

PHOEBE (brightly). I think you have done bravely.

VALENTINE. We leave shortly for the Petersburgh barracks, and I go to London tomorrow; so this is good-bye.

PHOEBE. I shall pray that you may be preserved in battle, Mr. Brown.

VALENTINE. And you and Miss Susan will writ. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Another of Barrie's plays that is also very good. This one makes you think about how we see people only by their appearance and how we need to get beyond that and see the real people.

I never knew that J.M. Barrie wrote this type of stories! I thoroughly enjoyed the whole concept, time of the novel and is written well and plotted well! It does have a happy ending so it made me happy! Pleasant, happy read!

Un testo teatrale meraviglioso uscito dalla penna e dall'estro creativo di James Matthew Barrie, famoso da noi per aver dato vita al personaggio di Peter Pan/b>. Un testo che ci fa apprezzare ancora di più un autore di grande bravura e talento. Un testo che fa sorridere, a tratti ridere aperta...more

quite fun to read aloud. a farce.

This is a lovely little play, and I love Hugh Thomson's illustrations!

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I may be a little biased on this one since I'm playing Phoebe...more