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 impression of intercourse on our orbits in existence. targeting the mysteries—romantic, medical, literary—that have interaction the minds and hearts of characters whose passions and lives intersect throughout medical planes and centuries, it really is “Stoppard’s richest, so much ravishing comedy to this point, a play of wit, mind, language, brio and . . . emotion. It’s like a dream of levitation: you’re without delay 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 long island Times).
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Hannah: Stop it. Thank you for the tea. Chloe: If you don't want him, I'll have him. Is he married? Hannah: I haven't the slightest idea. Aren't you supposed to have a pony? Chloe: I'm just trying to fix you up, Hannah. Hannah: Believe me, it gets less important. Chloe: I mean for the dancing. He can come as Beau Brummel. Hannah: I don't want to dress up and I don't want a dancing partner, least of all Mr Nightingale. I don't dance. Chloe: Don't be such a prune. You were kissing him, anyway. Hannah: He was kissing me, and only out of general enthusiasm.
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? Hannah: I'd have to look it up but a year or two older than Byron. Twenty-two .. Bernard: Contemporaries at Trinity? Hannah: (Wearily) Yes, Bernard, and no doubt they were both in the cricket eleven when Harrow played Eton at Lords!
Are you sure? You seem quite sentimental over geometry. But the hermit is very very good. The genius of the place. Hannah: (Pleased) That's my title! Bernard: Of course. Hannah: (Less pleased) Of course? Bernard: Of course. Who was he when he wasn't being a symbol? Hannah: I don't know. Bernard: Ah. Hannah: I mean, yet. Bernard: Absolutely. What did they do with all the paper? Does Peacock say? Hannah: Made a bonfire. Bernard: Ah, well. Hannah: I've still got Lady Croom's garden books to go through.
Arcadia: A Play by Tom Stoppard