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Six Short Plays   By: (1867-1933)

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In Six Short Plays, renowned British author John Galsworthy treats us to a captivating collection of dramas that explore the complexities of human nature and society. Each play is like a miniature universe, with its own distinct characters, conflicts, and thought-provoking themes.

Galsworthy's writing shines with its ability to delve deep into the human psyche, revealing the inner workings of his characters' minds and hearts. With a keen eye for detail, he showcases the intricacies of human relationships, unveiling the universal emotions that bind us all. From love and desire to greed and jealousy, Galsworthy leaves no stone unturned, painting a vivid and realistic picture of the human condition.

What sets Six Short Plays apart from other collections is the diversity of themes and settings. Galsworthy takes us from the bustling streets of London to the tranquil countryside and even to the inner sanctums of power. With each play, he presents a fresh perspective on a wide range of topics, including social injustice, morality, and the clash between tradition and progress. These plays, although written over a century ago, still resonate with relevance and offer valuable insights into our modern world.

Galsworthy's craftsmanship in character development is truly exceptional. Through his words, characters come to life on the page, their hopes, fears, and struggles becoming deeply relatable. Whether it's the tormented artist, the disillusioned noble, or the young lovers entangled in societal conventions, Galsworthy masterfully captures the human spirit in all its flaws and triumphs.

The dialogue in Six Short Plays is sharp and dynamic, driving the narratives forward with its authentic and natural flow. Galsworthy's wit and wisdom are evident in every line, creating moments of both laughter and contemplation. The plays also showcase his talent for creating memorable quotable lines that resonate long after the final curtain falls.

While the collection is titled "short plays," each story packs a powerful punch. Galsworthy's ability to create compelling story arcs and engaging conflicts within a limited space is nothing short of remarkable. Each play is carefully constructed, with every scene and line contributing to the overall impact, leaving readers with a sense of satisfaction at the conclusion.

In summary, John Galsworthy's Six Short Plays is a literary gem that will leave readers eagerly exploring the complexities of the human condition. With its insightful themes, nuanced characters, and expert storytelling, this collection is a testament to Galsworthy's prowess as a playwright. Highly recommended for anyone seeking thought-provoking and emotionally resonant theatrical experiences.

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SIX SHORT PLAYS OF GALSWORTHY

By John Galsworthy

Contents:

The First and The Last The Little Man Hall marked Defeat The Sun Punch and Go

THE FIRST AND THE LAST

A DRAMA IN THREE SCENES

PERSONS OF THE PLAY

KEITH DARRANT, K.C. LARRY DARRANT, His Brother. WANDA.

SCENE I. KEITH'S Study.

SCENE II. WANDA's Room.

SCENE III. The Same.

Between SCENE I. and SCENE II. Thirty hours. Between SCENE II. and SCENE III. Two months.

SCENE I

It is six o'clock of a November evening, in KEITH DARRANT'S study. A large, dark curtained room where the light from a single reading lamp falling on Turkey carpet, on books beside a large armchair, on the deep blue and gold coffee service, makes a sort of oasis before a log fire. In red Turkish slippers and an old brown velvet coat, KEITH DARRANT sits asleep. He has a dark, clean cut, clean shaven face, dark grizzling hair, dark twisting eyebrows.

[The curtained door away out in the dim part of the room behind him is opened so softly that he does not wake. LARRY DARRANT enters and stands half lost in the curtain over the door. A thin figure, with a worn, high cheek boned face, deep sunk blue eyes and wavy hair all ruffled a face which still has a certain beauty... Continue reading book >>




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