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You Never Can Tell

Bernard Shaw

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .en the ivory snatcher—

MRS. CLANDON (remonstrating). Phil!

PHILIP. Dentist is an ugly word. The man of ivory and gold asked us whether we were the children of Mr. Densmore Clandon of Newbury Hall. In pursuance of the precepts in your treatise on Twentieth Century Conduct, and your repeated personal exhortations to us to curtail the number of unnecessary lies we tell, we replied truthfully the we didn't know.

DOLLY. Neither did we.

PHILIP. Sh! The result was that the gum architect made considerable difficulties about accepting our invitation to lunch, although I doubt if he has had anything but tea and bread and butter for a fortnight past. Now my knowledge of human nature leads me to believe that we had a father, and that you probably know who he was.

MRS. CLANDON (her agitation returning). Stop, Phil. Your father is no. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I had never heard of this George Bernard Shaw play, and I can’t imagine why not. I like it more than Arms and the Man or The Devil's Disciple, which are both better known. Clever and charming, readers will really enjoy this little gem.

Thoroughly delightful - funny, charming and just a joy to read.

Even trying to write a frivolous seaside comedy, Shaw couldn't help himself. The political beast that inhabited the man still forced him to squeeze in some social commentary; lucky for us, Shaw was enough of a master to make it all part of the fun.

My fun comes most from the dynamic between Gloria an

Typing difficult at the moment but I enjoyed this very much.

A superficial examination of the elements of You Never Can Tell (1897) might entice an observer into believing he was about to experience the best G.B.S. has to offer. The Shavian preoccupations are all here: the feminist matriarch Mrs. Clandon and her three unconventional children, including a teen

Shaw's Comedy of Errors
9 February 2016

I have to admit that I really didn't get into this play all that much, but then again I can't expect to like every one of Shaw's plays (I know that is the case with Shakespeare and the Greek playwrights). I guess there are a couple of reasons as to why I didn't

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