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For bitter insistence and It looks a s if he recognized he had been extreme in method here, and decided to mitigate the message hereafter. In any event, the idea o f the drama i s well worth attention. " Make possible a comfortable living wage for women, recognize maternity at its true value to the state, and you throttle prostitution. If there be fallacy in this, i t is to be found in overlooking two classes of women : those who prefer vice for its own s ake ; and those incapable of earning an honest wage.
It can easily be understood that in 1 892 it would not succeed. Its date of production, December 9, 1 892, at The Independent Theatre, London , must be quali fied by the knowledge that it was begun ( as de scribed ) seven years earlier, in 1 885. If it was 40 BE RNARD SHAW in advance of the day in 1 892, it was still more ahead of the time when conceived. Reduced to a brutally condensed statement, the play tells how a young man, loving a girl and winning her, is then repelled by the fact that her father's money is gained by iniquitous landlordism ; at first he refuses to have her, but finally, through sex charm and also because he finds his own money is involved in these questionable investments, re turns to her : a sufficiently cynical conclusion.
It is safe to say that no such dialogue had ap peared in the English theatre since Congreve. For its earnest, satiric purpose, with the relief of scintillant wit and atmospheric humor, it is unsurpassed. The frequent statement that all Shaw's stage folk talk Shavian language is flatly contradicted by a delightful comic personage like Lickcheese, whose name, by the way, sug gests that when the author began dramatic writ ing, he was willing to do what later he would have eschewed : place des criptive type names upon his stage creatures.