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The Fugitive   By: (1867-1933)

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The Fugitive by John Galsworthy is a captivating novel that explores the complex themes of love, duty, and sacrifice. Set in early 20th century England, the book follows the life of a young artist, Claud Paston, who finds himself torn between fulfilling his artistic ambitions and meeting the expectations of his family and society.

Galsworthy’s writing style is elegant and evocative, painting a vivid picture of the society in which the characters reside. The novel delves deep into the societal norms and the pressure imposed on individuals to conform to the expectations of their class and upbringing. The author skillfully portrays the inner conflict experienced by Claud, who desires to pursue his passion for art but faces the society's disapproval and disinheritance from his family.

The character development in The Fugitive is exceptional, with each individual carefully fleshed out and displaying a unique set of beliefs and motivations. Claud's struggle is poignantly depicted, as he grapples with his own desires and the weight of family obligations. The reader becomes fully invested in his journey, hoping for him to find a resolution that will bring him happiness and fulfillment.

Furthermore, Galsworthy portrays a fascinating array of secondary characters, each contributing to the intricacies of the plot. From Claud's strong-willed sister to his conservative father and sympathetic mother, each character adds depth and richness to the story. Their interactions and dynamics create an engrossing narrative that keeps the reader engaged from start to finish.

One of the standout aspects of the novel is its exploration of love in various forms. Galsworthy examines the sacrifices individuals are willing to make for love and the consequences of those choices. The complex relationships depicted in the book showcase the author's profound understanding of human emotions and his ability to convey them in a nuanced and relatable manner.

The Fugitive is a thought-provoking novel that raises important questions about societal expectations and the pursuit of personal happiness. Galsworthy's masterful storytelling and richly developed characters draw the reader into a world filled with conflict and passion. This book is a must-read for anyone who enjoys literary fiction that explores the complexities of human nature and the struggles faced by individuals who dare to follow their dreams.

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A Play in Four Acts

By John Galsworthy


GEORGE DEDMOND, a civilian CLARE, his wife GENERAL SIR CHARLES DEDMOND, K.C.B., his father. LADY DEDMOND, his mother REGINALD HUNTINGDON, Clare's brother EDWARD FULLARTON, her friend DOROTHY FULLARTON, her friend PAYNTER, a manservant BURNEY, a maid TWISDEN, a solicitor HAYWOOD, a tobacconist MALISE, a writer MRS. MILER, his caretaker THE PORTER at his lodgings A BOY messenger ARNAUD, a waiter at "The Gascony" MR. VARLEY, manager of "The Gascony" TWO LADIES WITH LARGE HATS, A LADY AND GENTLEMAN, A LANGUID LORD, HIS COMPANION, A YOUNG MAN, A BLOND GENTLEMAN, A DARK GENTLEMAN.

ACT I. George Dedmond's Flat. Evening.

ACT II. The rooms of Malise. Morning.

ACT III. SCENE I. The rooms of Malice. Late afternoon.

SCENE II. The rooms of Malise. Early Afternoon.

ACT IV. A small supper room at "The Gascony."

Between Acts I and II three nights elapse.

Between Acts II and Act III, Scene I, three months.

Between Act III, Scene I, and Act III, Scene II, three months.

Between Act III, Scene II, and Act IV, six months.

"With a hey ho chivy Hark forrard, hark forrard, tantivy!"


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