Arcadia: A Play by Tom Stoppard

By Tom Stoppard

Arcadia takes us from side to side among the 19th and 20th centuries, ranging over the character of fact and time, the adaptation among the Classical and the Romantic temperament, and the disruptive effect of intercourse on our orbits in lifestyles. targeting the mysteries—romantic, medical, literary—that interact the minds and hearts of characters whose passions and lives intersect throughout clinical planes and centuries, it truly is “Stoppard’s richest, such a lot ravishing comedy thus far, a play of wit, mind, language, brio and . . . emotion. It’s like a dream of levitation: you’re right away aloft, hovering, banking, doing loop-the-loops after which, should you imagine you’re approximately to plummet to earth, swooping to a steady landing of now not simply defined sweetness and sorrow . . . Exhilarating” (Vincent Canby, The long island Times).

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Brice: (Angrily) Mr Hodge! Look to your honour, sir! If you cannot attend to me without this foolery, nominate your second who might settle the business as between gentlemen. No doubt your friend Byron would do you the service. ) Septimus: Oh yes, he would do me the service. ) Sir -I repent your injury. You are an honest fellow with no more malice in you than poetry. Chater: (Happily) Ah well! - that is more like the thing! ) Is he apologizing? Brice: There is still the injury to his conjugal property, Mrs Chater'sChater: Tush, sir!

There is a duel. Chater dead, Byron fled! P. s. , the widow married her ladyship's brother! Do you honestly think no one wrote a word? How could they not! It dropped from sight but we will write it again! Hannah: You can, Bernard. I'm not going to take any credit, I haven't done anything. (The same thought has clearly occurred to Bernard. ) Bernard: Well, that's - very fair - generous Hannah: Prudent. Chater could have died of anything, anywhere. ) Bernard: But he fought a duel with Byron! Hannah: You haven't established it was fought.

Septimus: Your translation is quite like Chater. ) Thomasina: I know who it is, it is your friend Byron. Septimus: Lord Byron, if you please. Thomasina: Mama is in love with Lord Byron. Septimus: (Absorbed) Yes. Nonsense. Thomasina: It is not nonsense. I saw them together in the gazebo. ) Lord Byron was reading to her from his satire, and mama was laughing, with her head in her best position. Septimus: She did not understand the satire, and was showing politeness to a guest. Thomasina: She is vexed with papa for his determination to alter the park, but that alone cannot account for her politeness to a guest.

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