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Plays : Second Series   By: (1867-1933)

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Plays: Second Series offers a collection of four thought-provoking plays by John Galsworthy, taking readers on a journey through diverse narratives and capturing the human spirit in its different forms.

The first play, "The Eldest Son," delves into generational conflict, exploring the tensions and complexities within a well-to-do English family. Galsworthy expertly weaves a tale of tradition, sacrifice, and expectations, highlighting the challenges faced by the eldest son as he grapples with his own desires against those of his family's.

In "The Little Dream," Galsworthy delves into the troubled relationship between Sir Herbert and his wife, Amy. The play delves into themes of duty, love, and dreams, showcasing the consequences of societal pressures in stifling personal aspirations. Galsworthy's intricate portrayal of the characters makes the audience question the conventional norms that often dictate one's life choices.

"The Pigeon" introduces readers to the juxtaposition of classes and cultures. This play captures the essence of the working-class struggles in London, as well as the damaging effects of prejudice and social stratification. Galsworthy's sharp dialogue and vivid characterization create a compelling narrative, illuminating the plight of the underprivileged in society.

Lastly, "The Mob" paints a vivid picture of a political rally and the power dynamics that emerge within such a charged environment. Galsworthy explores the vulnerability of collective intelligence and the manipulation of public opinion. Through skillful storytelling, he raises essential questions about democracy and the potential danger lurking in the hands of an inflamed crowd.

Galsworthy's plays are deeply rooted in the social issues of his time, but their themes remain relevant to this day. His keen observations of human behavior and his ability to engage readers on a personal and emotional level are remarkable. Each play offers a fresh perspective that inspires introspection and introspection, prompting the reader to contemplate the world around them.

Though the plays are individually diverse, their thematic unity lies in Galsworthy's examination of human nature and society's impact on it. The characters are multi-dimensional and their conflicts, relatable. Galsworthy's writing is captivating, as he masterfully crafts stories that resonate with depth and authenticity.

Plays: Second Series is a compelling collection that not only showcases Galsworthy's literary prowess but also offers insights into the human condition. This thought-provoking compilation is a must-read for anyone interested in exploring the intricate dynamics of human relationships, the complexities of societal norms, and the power of individual agency.

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By John Galsworthy


The Eldest Son The Little Dream Justice




SIR WILLIAM CHESHIRE, a baronet LADY CHESHIRE, his wife BILL, their eldest son HAROLD, their second son RONALD KEITH(in the Lancers), their son in law CHRISTINE (his wife), their eldest daughter DOT, their second daughter JOAN, their third daughter MABEL LANFARNE, their guest THE REVEREND JOHN LATTER, engaged to Joan OLD STUDDENHAM, the head keeper FREDA STUDDENHAM, the lady's maid YOUNG DUNNING, the under keeper ROSE TAYLOR, a village girl JACKSON, the butler CHARLES, a footman

TIME: The present. The action passes on December 7 and 8 at the Cheshires' country house, in one of the shires.

ACT I SCENE I. The hall; before dinner. SCENE II. The hall; after dinner.

ACT II. Lady Cheshire's morning room; after breakfast.

ACT III. The smoking room; tea time.

A night elapses between Acts I. and II.



The scene is a well lighted, and large, oak panelled hall, with an air of being lived in, and a broad, oak staircase. The dining room, drawing room, billiard room, all open into it; and under the staircase a door leads to the servants' quarters... Continue reading book >>

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