By Richard Burton
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It is a way of making yourself heard of those who are hard of hearing. Perhaps the author did not fully realize it is also a way of producing puzzle in many minds. The compara tive few will make the proper concessions and al lowances. The essayist can take up his subj ect, turn it about, let its many facets flash in succes sion before us, and in leisured fashion turn it in side out for reflection and analysis. The phi losopher can balance and concede, strive for a j udicial tone, and leave you in a broad-minded un certainty as to the conclusion.
There is thinking enough, and un pleasantness enough in life," a wail that rivals in hoary antiquity that other pathetic protest of the Philistine, " I know what I l ike ! " Shaw be gan play-writing confronted by the historical attitude which declares that the playhouse is a secular indulgence ; it belongs to a Saturday afternoon, and Sunday is j ust ahead when we can put on sober clothes of repentance, purge, leave sack, and live cleanly. And he met it by suf ficiently hiding his seriousness within a frame work of interesting fable and then so spicing his 36 B E RNARD SHAW sermon with condiments of wit and s atire and comic scene and character, that the pleasure of the playhouse was preserved even for the light minded, and the mourners became like unto those who rej oice.
The technic is basically that which accepts the formula of Ibsen and adapts it to particular needs and personal feel ing. There are but six characters, and the ex position is worked into the body of the play. Yet to use four acts with a number of scene changes savors of twenty years ago. As to char acterization, whatever may be thought of Frank and his father, the other three persons are splen did examples of dramatic representation : 1\1rs. 'Van"en, creature of a vicious system, likable in her way, even admirable at moments in her hon- ) 54 BE RNARD SHAW est, un realizing Philistinism, a pathetic, tragic, ironic human figure ; a very great piece of por trait drawing ; Vivie, intensely the new type of our day, shrinking in every fiber from her mother yet valiantly desirous of doing her j us tice ; hardly inferior to the other two, Praed, an unforgettable picture of the elderly sensualist.
Bernard Shaw, The Man and the Mask by Richard Burton