- In the garden restaurant of a hotel at Remagen on the Rhine, on a fine afternoon in August in the eighteen-eighties. Looking down the Rhine towards Bonn, the gate leading from the garden to the riverside is seen on the right. The hotel is on the left. It has a wooden annex with an entrance marked Table d'Hote. A waiter is in attendance.
- A couple of English tourists come out of the hotel. The younger, Dr Harry Trench, is about 24, stoutly built, thick in the neck, close-cropped and black in the hair, with undignified medical-student manners, frank, hasty, rather boyish. The other, Mr William de Burgh Cokane, is older probably over 40, possibly 50 an ill-nourished, scanty-haired gentleman, with affected manners; fidgety, touchy, and constitutionally ridiculous in uncompassionate eyes.
COKANE [on the threshold of the hotel, calling peremptorily to the waiter] Two beers for us out here. [The waiter goes for the beer.] Cokane comes into the garden]. We have got the room with the best view in the hotel, Harry, thanks to my tact. We'll leave in the morning and do Mainz and Frankfurt. There is a very graceful female statue in the private house of a nobleman in Frankfurt. Also a zoo. Next day, Nuremberg! finest collection of instruments of torture in the world.
TRENCH All right. You look out the trains, will you? [He takes out a Continental Bradshaw, and tosses it on one of the tables].
COKANE [baulking himself in the act of sitting down] Pah! the seat is all dusty. These foreigners are deplorably unclean in their habits.
TRENCH [buoyantly] Never mind : It dont matter, old chappie. Buck up, Billy, buck up. Enjoy yourself. [He throws Cokane into the chair, and sits down opposite him, taking out his pipe, and singing noisily]
- Pour out the Rhine wine: let it flow
- Like a free and bounding river.....
"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
"The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it" - George Bernard Shaw
Shaw's place to pen black comedy
George Bernard Shaw (26 July 1856 – 2 November 1950) was an Irish playwright and a co-founder of the London School of Economics. Although his first profitable writing was music and literary criticism, in which capacity he wrote many highly articulate pieces of journalism, his main talent was for drama, and he wrote more than 60 plays. Nearly all his writings address prevailing social problems, but have a vein of comedy which makes their stark themes more palatable. Shaw examined education, marriage, religion, government, health care, and class privilege.
"Why appeal to the mob when ninetyfive per cent of them do not understand politics, and can do nothing but mischief without leaders? And what sort of leaders do they vote for? For Titus Oates and Lord George Gordon with their Popish plots, for Hitlers who call on them to exterminate Jews, for Mussolinis who rally them to nationalist dreams of glory and empire in which all foreigners are enemies to be subjugated."
Works by George Bernard Shaw
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This is a list of George Bernard Shaw's writings.
|Immaturity||October 1879||1930 (Ltd. Ed.), 1931 (Std. Ed.)||Constable and Company, Ltd., London|
|The Irrational Knot||1880||1885-8||Our Corner (Annie Besant's Socialist Magazine)||s:The Irrational Knot|
|Love Among the Artists||1881||1887-8 (Serial); 1932 (Book)||Our Corner (Annie Besant's Socialist Magazine)||s:Love Among the Artists|
|Cashel Byron's Profession||1882||1885-6 (Serial); 1901 (Book)||To-Day (Henry Hyde Champion's Socialist periodical)||s:Cashel Byron's Profession|
|An Unsocial Socialist||1883||1884 (Serial); 1887 (Book)||To-Day (Henry Hyde Champion's Socialist periodical)||s:An Unsocial Socialist|
¹All of the novels are included in The Standard Edition of the Works of Bernard Shaw;
a collection published by Constable and Company, Limited (London)
a collection published by Constable and Company, Limited (London)
|Passion Play||Obscure fragment|
|Un Petit Drame||One act playlet|
|Widower's Houses||First successful play|
|The Philanderer||Woman hunts; man is the prey.|
|Mrs. Warren's Profession||Created public uproar because prostitution was realistically discussed|
|Arms and the Man||In war and love, pragmatism beats bravado.|
|Candida||A woman chooses the man who needs her|
most over the one who loves her most
|The Man of Destiny||Cherchez la femme.|
|You Never Can Tell||Comedy for comedy's sake|
|The Devil's Disciple||A melodrama drawn from the American Revolution. Shaw's|
only full-length play with a solely American locale.
|The Gadfly: or The|
Son of the Cardinal
|Caesar and Cleopatra||The game is not romance but politics.|
|Captain Brassbound's Conversion||The lady's trustfulness can melt any villain's heart.|
|The Admirable Bashville, or Constancy Unrewarded||Derived from Cashel Byron's Profession but|
not a stage version of that novel
|Man and Superman||Epic flight of a Socialist reformer hoping to escape a woman bent on marriage|
|Don Juan in Hell: Act III of Man and Superman||A dream sequence revises the Don Juan legend;|
it is often produced as a separate play.
|John Bull's Other Island||An Irishman's view of Edwardian England|
|How He Lied to Her Husband||Satirizes Candida. The heroine, Aurora, strong|
as to flesh, finds her spirit weak.
|Major Barbara||The online version includes the preface;|
click on "Essay as First Aid to Critics"
|Passion, Poison, and Petrifaction||A one-act farce intended for cheap and easy productions|
to benefit The Actors' Orphanage
|The Doctor's Dilemma||When the doctor can cure only one, either an artistic genius or a mundane but deserving friend, whom should he choose?|
|The Interlude at the Playhouse||Extremely humorous one-scene playlet|
|Getting Married||Matrimony from the Shavian point of view|
|The Shewing-Up of Blanco Posnet. Sermon in crude melodrama||Random acts of kindness help the world go down.|
|Press Cuttings||Burlesques the conservative male reaction to the threat of Women's Suffrage|
|Fascinating Foundling: Disgrace to the author||No in-laws, please!|
|The Glimpse of Reality|
|Reality in the 14th century, perhaps.|
|Misalliance||Supplement to Getting Married|
|The Dark Lady of the Sonnets||Fundraiser to help establish National Theatre as memorial for Shakespeare|
|Fanny's First Play||Shaw called it a "potboiler"|
|Androcles and the Lion||Martyrdom for fun and profit|
|Overruled: A Demonstration||Not an argument for or against polygamy|
|Beauty's Duty||There is no record of this playlet being staged.|
|Pygmalion||From guttersnipe to great lady, with lingering regrets. The basis for the classic musical My Fair Lady.|
|Great Catherine||Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.|
|The Music Cure||Nonsense, Shaw called it.|
|O'Flaherty, V. C.||For an Irishman, war is a respite from the stress of homelife.|
|The Inca of Perusalem||An almost historical comedietta|
|Augustus Does His Bit||Satirizes bureaucrats|
|Macbeth Skit||Published in Educational Theatre Journal (1967)|
with an introduction by B. F. Dukore
Annajanska, the Bolshevik Empress
|Heartbreak House||Fantasia in the Russian manner on English themes||s:Heartbreak House|
|Back to Methuselah|
A Metabiological Pentateuch
|«Preface» and 5 plays: «In the Beginning», «The Gospel of the Brothers Barnabas», «The Thing Happens», «Tragedy of an Elderly Gentleman» and « As Far as Thought Can Reach».|
A Glimpse of the Domesticity of Franklin Barnabas.
|First version of Back to Methuselah's Act II|
|Jitta's Atonement||Shaw's translation from German of a play by Siegfried Trebitsch|
|Saint Joan||Shaw's soul shows between the lines|
|The Apple Cart||The flaws in democracy explored.|
|Too True to Be Good||Regarding the miseries of wealth.|
|Village Wooing||Comedietta for two voices|
|On the Rocks||Unrest during the Great Depression|
|The Simpleton of the Unexpected Isles||The Useful Will Be Spared|
|The Six of Calais||No message, just a great story|
|The Millionairess||Earning money is a talent|
|Arthur and the Acetone||Broad satire of bureaucracy|
|Cymbeline Refinished||A revised Act V for Shakespeare's Cymbeline|
|Geneva||A fancied page of history.|
|In Good King Charles's Golden Days||A true history that never happened.|
|The British Party System||This playlet is Chapter III of Everybody's Political What's What?|
|Buoyant Billions||Comedy of no manners|
|Farfetched Fables||Shaw's thoughts simplified|
|Why She Would Not||Unfinished play. Shaw died while writing it.|
|The Perfect Wagnerite||Philosophical commentary on Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen|
|Quintessence of Ibsenism||Significantly expanded in 1913.|
|Commonsense About the War|
|The Intelligent Woman's Guide to Socialism and Capitalism|
|Everybody's Political What's What||-|