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  • Hardcover: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC (May 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1161422692
  • ISBN-13: 978-1161422696
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 10 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Israel Drazin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 21, 2010
Format: Paperback
This one act comedy, written by George Bernard Shaw during the First World War, was praised during its day, but is not widely known now. Virtually every event in the play is hilarious.

Lord Augustus Highcastle, a colonel in the English army, is 45 years old. He is the scion of a prestigious family with officials in both the English and German governments. He is a fool and any who meets him can see it.

In fact the Germans once captured him when he foolhardily advanced against them. The Germans released him within an hour because they figured that it would better serve their interests if Augustus remained in the English fighting forces. Some English people similarly said that since Augustus was on the job, England needed an additional million soldiers to protect the homeland. The play pocks fun at the war and the way that the English administration is handling it.

The plot focuses upon Augustus having a secret document showing how the English placed their guns. A woman decides to steal the document from Augustus to show what a fool he is, and the play shows how she does so. While the play is not fashionable, it is a delight to read.
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Characters within play:
1. Lord Augustus Highcastle (aka Gus)
2. The Clark: Mr Horatio Floyd Beamish
3. A Lady

Characters mentioned (but do not make an appearance)
1. Lord Hungerford Highcastle (aka Blueloo, Gus's brother)
2. The Honorable Lucy Popham (Gus's fiance)

Location: Mayor's parlour in the Town Hall of Little Pifflington, 1916.

synopsis: Lord Augustus Highcastle, a distinguished member of the governing class, reveals to his secretary his acute sense of the seriousness of the war and of his own important relation to the winning thereof. He has just received information that a woman spy is seeking to obtain possession of a state paper which is in his custody. Just then, an attractive lady visitor is ushered into his office.She has to speak to him urgently ...

Augustus: Imagine a mild Hooray Henry, posh, affable and lacking grey matter. A patriotic Hugh Grant character with a military airs. This is Augustus. He belongs to the governing class and thus he has managed to secure military prestige (his uniform is that of a Colonel) despite having disobeyed orders (there are hints this caused grave danger) and disclosing information of military strategy to a high ranking Prussian (all done unintentionally). He doesn't appear to understand why he's in disgrace, however, he blames the new "socialist" government in power - accusing these politicians of prejudice and launching a campaign against the upper echelons of society. It's due to all his family members (despite their close connections to the Germans - Gus has 3 German Brother inlaws who are high ranking German military personnel).

No one, including the enemy takes him seriously.
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