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What Every Woman Knows   By: (1860-1937)

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What Every Woman Knows by J. M. Barrie is an enchanting and heartwarming tale that explores the complexity of relationships and the power dynamics between men and women in early 20th century society. This expertly crafted play delves into the life of the sharp-witted and resilient protagonist, Maggie Wylie, as she navigates the challenges and triumphs of her unconventional marriage to the charming yet complacent John Shand.

Barrie's writing style is both humorous and thought-provoking, capturing the essence of the characters and their desires in a captivating manner. Each character is meticulously developed, showcasing their strengths, weaknesses, and insecurities. Maggie's determination, intelligence, and ability to manipulate situations make her an incredibly memorable character, one that challenges the traditional gender roles prevalent during that era.

The storyline, although seemingly simple, is rich in substance and touches upon themes of love, ambition, sacrifice, and societal expectations. Barrie skillfully uses clever dialogue and witty banter to engage readers in the captivating back-and-forth between Maggie and John, bringing their complex relationship to life. The evolution of their unconventional marriage is portrayed with remarkable depth, highlighting the power of a woman's influence and the willingness to defy societal norms to achieve personal and professional success.

Another noteworthy aspect of What Every Woman Knows is Barrie's ability to seamlessly blend humor with poignant moments. The play presents a lighthearted and whimsical atmosphere, making the reading experience enjoyable and engaging. The comedic elements are skillfully integrated, providing a well-rounded narrative that exposes the flaws of the characters while also celebrating their unique qualities.

Furthermore, it is fascinating to observe how Barrie tackles the issue of gender roles and the societal limitations imposed on women during that time. Through Maggie's character, he challenges the status quo, shedding light on the extraordinary strength and intelligence that women possess, often underestimated and overlooked. This exploration of gender dynamics adds depth and relevance to the play, making it incredibly thought-provoking.

In conclusion, What Every Woman Knows by J. M. Barrie is a delightful masterpiece that seamlessly combines humor, romance, and social commentary. Barrie's impeccable storytelling and richly developed characters make for a compelling and engaging read, as he dismantles stereotypes and sheds light on the true potential of women. This play is a timeless reminder of the importance of perseverance, self-belief, and the impact of love in shaping individuals.

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(James Wylie is about to make a move on the dambrod, and in the little Scotch room there is an awful silence befitting the occasion. James with his hand poised for if he touches a piece he has to play it, Alick will see to that raises his red head suddenly to read Alick's face. His father, who is Alick, is pretending to be in a panic lest James should make this move. James grins heartlessly, and his fingers are about to close on the 'man' when some instinct of self preservation makes him peep once more. This time Alick is caught: the unholy ecstasy on his face tells as plain as porridge that he has been luring James to destruction. James glares; and, too late, his opponent is a simple old father again. James mops his head, sprawls in the manner most conducive to thought in the Wylie family, and, protruding his underlip, settles down to a reconsideration of the board. Alick blows out his cheeks, and a drop of water settles on the point of his nose.

You will find them thus any Saturday night (after family worship, which sends the servant to bed); and sometimes the pauses are so long that in the end they forget whose move it is... Continue reading book >>

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