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 effect of intercourse on our orbits in existence. concentrating on the mysteries—romantic, medical, literary—that interact the minds and hearts of characters whose passions and lives intersect throughout clinical planes and centuries, it's “Stoppard’s richest, so much ravishing comedy so 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, in case 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 big apple Times).
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Bernard: All right, but let me have a look. Hannah: You'll queer my pitch. Bernard: Dear girl, I know how to handle myselfHannah: And don't call me dear girl. If I find anything on Byron, or Chater, or Hodge, I'll pass it on. Nightingale, Sussex. (Pause. ) Bernard: Thank you. I'm sorry about that business with my name. Hannah: Don't mention it... Bernard: What was Hodge's college, by the way? Hannah: Trinity. Bernard: Trinity? Hannah: Yes. ) Yes. Byron's old college. Bernard: How old was Hodge?
Oh dear. 34 SCENE THREE The schoolroom. The next morning. Present are: Thomasina, Septimus, Jellaby. We have seen this composition before: Thomasina at her place at the table; Septimus reading a letter which has just arrived; Jellaby waiting, having just delivered the letter. 'The Couch of Eros' is in front of Septimus, open, together with sheets of paper on which he has been writing. His portfolio is on the table. Plautus (the tortoise) is the paperweight. There is also an apple on the table now, the same apple from all appearances.
Bernard: Oh, well. . (he begins to put his lecture sheets away in his briefcase, and is thus reminded. ) do you want to know about your book jacket? 'Lord Byron and Caroline Lamb at the Royal Academy'? Ink study by Henry Fuseli? Hannah: What about it? Bernard: It's not them. Hannah: (She explodes) Who says!? ) Bernard: This Fuseli expert in the Byron Society Journal. They sent me the latest... as a distinguished guest speaker. Hannah: But of course it's them! Everyone knows Bernard: Popular tradition only.
Arcadia: A Play by Tom Stoppard