By Tom Stoppard
Arcadia takes us backward and forward 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 impact of intercourse on our orbits in existence. 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 really is “Stoppard’s richest, such a lot ravishing comedy up to now, 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, in the event you imagine you’re approximately to plummet to earth, swooping to a steady landing of no longer simply defined sweetness and sorrow . . . Exhilarating” (Vincent Canby, The manhattan Times).
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Like Venus and yet more Septimus: Try to put some poetry into it. Thomasina: How can I if there is none in the Latin? Septimus: Oh, a critic! Thomasina: Is it Queen Dido? Septimus: No. Thomasina: Who is the poet? Septimus: Known to you. Thomasina: Known to me? Septimus: Not a Roman. Thomasina: Mr Chater? 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.
Valentine: Well, it is a bit. It's the technique I'm using on my grouse numbers, and it hasn't been around for much longer than, well, call it twenty years. ) Hannah: Why would she be doing it? Valentine: I have no idea. ) I thought you were doing the hermit. Hannah: I am. I still am. But Bernard, damn him ... Thomasina's tutor turns out to have interesting connections. Bernard is going through the library like a bloodhound. The portfolio was in a cupboard. Valentine: There's a lot of stuff around.
Septimus: Oh, a critic! Thomasina: Is it Queen Dido? Septimus: No. Thomasina: Who is the poet? Septimus: Known to you. Thomasina: Known to me? Septimus: Not a Roman. Thomasina: Mr Chater? 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.
Arcadia: A Play by Tom Stoppard