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Skin Game

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A small play in three acts. A kind of comic tragedy. The plot tells the story of the interaction between two very different families in rural England just after the end of the First World War. Squire Hillcrist lives in the manor house where his family has lived for generations. He has a daughter, Jill, who is in her late teens; and a wife, Amy, as well as servants and retainers. He is "old money", although his finances are at a bit of low ebb. The other family is the "nouveau riche" Hornblowers, headed by the single-minded and rich industrialist Hornblower, who throws old retainers the Jackmans out of their home (much to the Squire's disgust), and who plans to surround the Hillcrist's rural estate with factories.

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PLAYS IN THE FOURTH SERIES

THE SKIN GAME

(A Tragi Comedy)

By John Galsworthy

"Who touches pitch shall be defiled"

CHARACTERS

HILLCRIST...............A Country Gentleman AMY.....................His Wife JILL....................His Daughter DAWKER..................His Agent HORNBLOWER..............A Man Newly Rich CHARLES.................His Elder Son CHLOE...................Wife to Charles ROLF....................His Younger Son FELLOWS.................Hillcrist's Butler ANNA....................Chloe's Maid THE JACKMANS............Man and Wife

AN AUCTIONEER A SOLICITOR TWO STRANGERS

ACT I. HILLCRIST'S Study

ACT II. SCENE I. A month later. An Auction Room. SCENE II. The same evening. CHLOE'S Boudoir.

ACT III

SCENE I. The following day. HILLCRIST'S Study. Morning. SCENE II. The Same. Evening.

ACT I

HILLCRIST'S study. A pleasant room, with books in calf bindings, and signs that the HILLCRIST'S have travelled, such as a large photograph of the Taj Mahal, of Table Mountain, and the Pyramids of Egypt... Continue reading book >>


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