By Tom Stoppard
Arcadia takes us from side to side 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, clinical, literary—that interact the minds and hearts of characters whose passions and lives intersect throughout medical planes and centuries, it's “Stoppard’s richest, such a lot ravishing comedy thus far, a play of wit, mind, language, brio and . . . emotion. It’s like a dream of levitation: you’re immediately aloft, hovering, banking, doing loop-the-loops after which, in the event you imagine you’re approximately to plummet to earth, swooping to a gradual landing of now not simply defined sweetness and sorrow . . . Exhilarating” (Vincent Canby, The manhattan Times).
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Why? Thomasina: Everything is turned to love with her. New love, absent love, lost love I never knew a heroine that makes such noodles of our sex. It only needs a Roman general to drop anchor outside the window and away goes the empire like a christening mug into a pawn shop. If Queen Elizabeth had been a Ptolemy history would have been quite different -we would be admiring the pyramids of Rome and the great Sphinx of Verona. Septimus: God save us. Thomasina: But instead, the Egyptian noodle made carnal embrace with the enemy who burned the great library of Alexandria without so much as a fine for all that is overdue.
You got them backwards, darling. Caroline was Romantic waffle on wheels with no talent, and Byron was an eighteenth-century Rationalist touched by genius. And he killed Chater. Hannah: (Pause) If it's not too late to change my mind, I'd like you to go ahead. Bernard: I intend to. Look to the mote in your own eye! - you even had the wrong bloke on the dust-jacket! Hannah: Dust-jacket? Valentine: What about my computer model? Aren't you going to mention it? Bernard: It's inconclusive. Valentine: (To Hannah) The Piccadilly reviews aren't a very good fit with Byron's other reviews, you see.
It's no fun when it's not among pros, is it? Hannah: No. 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!